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Danger: VAIO Computer Prone to Catch Fire, Sony Warns

by Jacob Kleinman | April 11, 2014April 11, 2014 3:00 pm PST

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An issue with the battery in some new VAIO computers is causing devices to overheat, Sony admitted today. The Wall Street Journal reports that 25,905 VAIO units are at risk of catching fire, and Sony is warning customers to stop using the VAIO Fit 11A laptop immediately. The company stopped selling the device earlier this month.

So far Sony claims there have only been three incidents of battery overheating in its VAIO computers and damaging the product. The first took place on March 19 in Japan, followed by a second in Hong Kong on March 30 and a third this month in China. In a public statement Sony outlined plans to identify affected VAIO computers and promised more details on its website in the next two weeks.

Today’s news comes at the very end Sony’s history with the VAIO series. The Fit 11A is the final laptop being released under the brand before it’s sold to Japan Industrial Partners Inc, a turnaround fund which agreed to take over the struggling business earlier this year. Hopefully, VAIO will see a resurgence under its new management, though for Sony this definitely isn’t the way it hoped to part with its laptop division


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...