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Sony recalls 1.6 million TVs due to overheating, melting

Sony Bravia
Sony Bravia

Sony is not having a good day — on top of another security breach, the company has voluntarily recalled 1.6 million Bravia TVs due to a faulty backlight transformer that has reportedly caused overheating and subsequent melting and fires. The action comes after 11 incidents were reported in Japan since 2008, and while that doesn't sound like a lot, Sony said in an official statement that it could affect TVs sold in Europe and the United States. Sony's US team has posted a release stating the model numbers (KDL-40V3000, KDL-40VL130, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40WL135, KDL-40XBR4, and KDL-40XBR5) and will also inform customers through email and ads. It will repair any faulty parts rather than offer refunds or replacement TVs — you can schedule a technician at when it goes active or just call (888) 868-7389.

This latest recall comes not two weeks after KDDI, Japan's second-largest carrier, had to replace overheating Sony batteries in two million handsets. All this heat can't be good for Sony's efforts to turn around eight years of consecutive losses in the TV division and its 'murky' holiday outlook, but hey, at least we're hearing of some promising movement on its mobile front.