Sony® recalls 1.6 million TV sets due to fire risk
If you have recently bought Sony Bravia television set then stay alert while watching your favorite programs on it as there are chances that smoke might fume out of it and it can even catch fire. What you heard is a bit alarming but can be true as Sony Corp. has recalled 1.6 million Bravia flat-panel LCD TVs that had been sold worldwide due to a faulty component that may melt or catch fire.
According to Yuki Shima, a Tokyo-based spokeswoman for Sony Corp., Sony had begun recalling their LCD TVs after an incident in which a small fire and smoke was noticed by a customer in the Bravia TV set. Eleven similar incidents have been reported so far in Japan since 2008, but no injuries had been caused by it. However, no overheating incidents have been reported outside Japan but still recalls are being carried out globally including China, the Americas, the Middle East, and Europe, if faulty parts are found.
The source of such overheating can may be its malfunctioning transformer in the backlight system that can melt the top of the TV set and catch fire. According to the web magazine Engadget.com, the TV models numbers that are being recalled are:
Sony has assured that it will fix these sets for free, if the defected part is found by their dispatched service crew. They will also offer a rent for the time taken for repairing. However, the company won’t offer any refunds or replacement of TV sets.
Sony definitely has a reason to be concerned over such faulty components that can ruin their brand image. Such concern is shared by Keita Wakabayashi, who is an analyst at Mito Securities Co. “Sony-related recalls are following one another and that may ruin the company’s brand image,” said Wakabayashi, who also feels that such recall can impact the stock negatively as it can cause a significant amount of expense. But, Shima assures that the repairs will have a negligible impact on Sony’s earnings, but the plan to recall the TV sets was voluntary.
So, in case if you own a Sony Bravia flat-panel LCD TV then check the model number to make sure that you don’t have to go through any such incident. Although such faulty components are not expected from Sony, which is the world’s third-largest maker of televisions, but the voluntary recalling will definitely prevent any inconvenience to its loyal consumers.