Sony warns half a million VAIO laptops could overheat

The laptops are distorting and there could be a burn risk

Nicole Kobie
30 Jun 2010

Sony has warned that 535,000 VAIO laptops could overheat after the discovery of a temperature gauge error.

Sony said it had received 39 complaints about overheating in the VAIO F and C series laptops, leading to distortion of the machine's shape.

"In rare cases, these notebook computers can overheat due to a potential malfunction of the internal temperature management system," Sony said.

Of the half a million affected laptops, 103,000 were sold in Europe, with the rest in the US, Japan and China. A Sony spokeswoman said "there have been no reports to date of any issues with these models in the UK."

In Europe, the affected models are in the VAIO VPCF11 and VPCCW2 series, which have been sold since January of this year. The problem can be mitigated with a BIOS firmware update, available here, where customers can also check if their laptop is one of the affected models.

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