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Sony Recalling Half a Million Vaio Notebooks

If you are a Sony Vaio owner, you need to check the recall list to find out whether or not your machine is in danger. The company issued a voluntary global recall of 535,000 Vaio notebook computers after reports of defects in the temperature control software was discovered. The flaw can cause the notebook to overheat, sometimes to an extreme degree.

The recalled products are from the VPCF11 Series and VPCCW2 Series notebook computers. About half of these are found right here in the United States. According to Stacey Palosky, spokesperson for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Sony has issued a firmware update to correct this issue. Sony received several reports of machines overheating enough that the keyboards and casing became deformed, she noted.

An owner can either download the fix for themselves, or arrange to have the machine picked up and serviced at no charge. The defective units were sold at Costco, Best Buy and Amazon between January and April of this year.