Sony: 535,000 Vaio PCs may have overheating problem

TOKYO Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:07pm IST

Sony Vaio laptops sit on a display stand at a showroom in Singapore September 5, 2008. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

Sony Vaio laptops sit on a display stand at a showroom in Singapore September 5, 2008.

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp(6758.T) said on Wednesday that about 535,000 units of its "Vaio" brand personal computers globally may be in danger of overheating and that it has provided software on its website to eliminate the problem.

The company said in a statement that there have been 39 overheating cases in total, all reported outside Japan. Some of these have resulted in damage to computer bodies, but no burn injuries have been reported.

Some of Sony's F and C series Vaio PCs made in January this year and some custom-made models from the same series have been affected, the firm said.

A Sony spokeswoman said the company has not estimated possible costs stemming from the problem.

(Reporting by Yumiko Nishitani)

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