Sony Corp. is recalling 1.6 million of its Bravia LCD TVs worldwide after a number of serious malfunctions that involve parts melting.
While all 11 incidents happened in Japan, faulty parts may still affect TVs that were sold around the world. Around 130,000 of the TV sets were sold in the United Kingdom.
An incident happened in September, where a customer noticed fire and smoke coming form his television set. A faulty part in the backlight systems may be the overheating’s source. This can melt the top of the TV set, said Sony spokesman Yuki Shima. This is the second recall by the company in a month, with KDDI Corp., the second largest mobile operator, saying that it would replace batteries made by Sony in around 2 million mobile phones because of overheating.
“Sony-related recalls are following one another and that may ruin the company’s brand image,” said Mito Securities Co. analyst Keita Wakabayashi. “Considering Sony’s overall business size, the TV recalls won’t shake the company’s grounding.”
The Bravia TV models that contain a potentially faulty part that is capable of catching fire are KDL-40D3400, KDL-40D3500, KDL-40D3550, KDL-40D3660, KDL-40V3000, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40X3000 and KDL-40X3500. Sony will inspect these models without charge.
Bravia LCD TV owners can check their model number from the Product Information option by pressing the Menu button, then choosing the Settings Menu. The model number is also on a label at the back of the TV.