Sony not “recalling” Vaio notebooks, firmware fix is available

Posted in Sony by Shane McGlaun on July 1st, 2010

Yesterday I mentioned that Sony was having an issue with some 530k of its Vaio notebooks where they could overheat and cause distortion of the plastic chassis of the machine. There were mixed reports that the machines were being recalled along with reports that a firmware fix was being offered.

These mixed reports left a lot of us wondering exactly what was going on. Apparently, both things were true. To most of us when you say recall, we think box it up and send it back. Sony and the Consumer Product Safety commission have issued a “recall” on the machines.

However, the recall isn’t a real recall because the overheating issue is prevented by simply applying a firmware update. About 233k notebooks in the US are affected.


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