Sony Recalls 1.6 Million Bravia TVs Due To Fire Risk - HotHardware
Sony Recalls 1.6 Million Bravia TVs Due To Fire Risk

Sony Recalls 1.6 Million Bravia TVs Due To Fire Risk

Sony is recalling 1.6 million Bravia LCD TVs that were manufactured in 2007 and 2008. The TVs were primarily sold in Europe and the United States, though some were also sold in Japan and other countries. According to the recall notice issued by Sony, the affected sets may have a damaged component that could overheat and ignite inside of the television. Thankfully, Sony hasn't received any reports of damages or bodily injuries as a result of this faulty component. Affected 40" BRAVIA LCD HDTV models include the following: KDL-40V3000, KDL-40VL130, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40WL135, KDL-40XBR4, and KDL-40XBR5. If you have an affected unit, Sony will send a technician to inspect the TV and repair it if necessary.

Notice for Sony BRAVIA LCD HDTV

Posted: 10/11/2011

Models: KDL-40V3000, KDL-40VL130, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40WL135, KDL-40XBR4, and KDL-40XBR5

Dear Valued Customer,

It has come to our attention through reports in Japan that in rare cases a particular component incorporated in certain models of 40" BRAVIA LCD HDTV [Model Nos. KDL-40V3000, KDL-40VL130, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40WL135, KDL-40XBR4, and KDL-40XBR5] was damaged and as a result, may overheat and at times ignite inside of the television. This could possibly result in a hole at a part of the cabinet ceiling. We have no reports of any resulting damages to other property or bodily injuries.

We know our customers choose Sony based in large part to the trust associated with our brand and the products and services we so strongly stand behind. We will not take your trust for granted and are committed to addressing this issue proactively.

Beginning immediately, Sony offers all customers of the affected models [Model Nos. KDL-40V3000, KDL-40VL130, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40WL135, KDL-40XBR4, and KDL-40XBR5] a free evaluation for the covered product. If you have any covered product unit, please contact us toll-free at (888) 868-7389 to schedule a dedicated service technician to perform an evaluation.

When a request is made, Sony's service representative will promptly visit and evaluate your television, and repair it at no charge if an affected component is found.

IMPORTANT: In the meantime, if you have a covered television and if you notice any abnormality in your TV unit and its performance (e.g.; unusual noise, unusual smell, or smoking), please immediately turn the unit off, unplug the cord, cease using the TV, and contact us. We have confirmed that the symptoms do not occur when power is off.

You can confirm the model number of your TV by looking at the label on the rear of the television . Additionally, the model number can be found on your warranty card. If your television is one of the models identified above, please contact us at your earliest convenience toll-free at (888) 868-7389 to schedule your free evaluation.

Sincerely,

Brian M. Siegel
Vice President, Television
Sony Electronics Inc.

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Is this truly a RECALL or is it an offer for a free 'evaluation'?

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I agree Super Dave not truly a recall necessarily. More bad news for Sony especially considering they make little to no money off of their TV sets.

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Fire Fire Fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait for the new Beavis and Butthead.

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At least they're sending technicians around to see if the TV has the faulty component. Lucky my flat mate hasn't got it, he has the 42"inch model instead. When he is not at home we ues it for gaming.

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Another pr failure for sony they really know how to send a multibillion dollar company into a tail spin.

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