Sony Takes a Mulligan, Recalls 535,000 Vaio Laptops

Paul Lilly

Right about now Sony is wishing it had a real-life 'undo' button, but since no such thing exists, the Vaio laptop maker is doing the next best thing: Recalling hundreds of thousands of laptops.

All told, Sony is recalling some 535,000 Vaio notebooks around the globe due to a temperature-control defect, The Wall Street Journal reports . Left unchecked, the defect could cause excessive heat to build up and warp the laptop's chassis. In some rare instances, it's also possible that users could suffer skin burns, though there haven't been any burn complaints, Sony noted.

The widespread recall affects both F- and C-Series Vaio laptops sold since January 2010, including 259,000 laptops sold in the U.S., 103,000 in Europe, 120,000 in Asia, and 52,000 in Japan.

If you own one of the affected models, Sony says you can fix the problem yourself by downloading a program through your Vaio's update system or the company's website. If you don't want to go that route, Sony is offering to pick up the laptop and do the repair work for you.

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