Stop using that Vaio! No, really. Stop using it. Now.
Sony’s support team issued a warning Friday morning to users of the convertible Vaio Fit 11A, noting that batteries in the computer (provided by a third party, the company was quick to note) are liable to overheat, resulting in burns.
The company issued a statement on its eSupport site with a title that says it all: “Request to Stop Using VAIO Fit 11A/Flip Personal Computer.”
“If you have one or more of the VAIO Fit11A/Flip PC model listed below, please immediately discontinue use, shut down and unplug the PC. We are currently identifying affected PCs by serial numbers and developing a program to repair or replace the affected PCs at no charge, or to refund the purchase price for the affected PCs,” the document notes.
Sony said it expects to post an updated announcement within two weeks.
But please, if you’ve got a Vaio Fit 11A with the serial number SVF11N13CXS, put down the laptop and back slowly away.
The company has not decided whether to issue a full on recall of the affected computers, something that would be unlikely to have an impact on Sony stock, explained Takashi Aoki, a fund manager at Mizuho Asset Management Co.
“The impact on Sony stock price would be limited” from a recall, Aoki said, according to Bloomberg. “Sony already decided to spin off the Vaio business.”
Sony is in the process of restructuring, which may include a sell-off of its Vaio business to Japan Industrial Partners Inc. and a split of the TV manufacturing unit into a separate business this summer.
Laptop batteries are less stable than consumers would hope, unfortunately, and Sony has gone through this type of recall before — notably a 2006 incident that led to the recall of well over 7 million batteries. Yowza.
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