Sony has admitted that there may be an issue with some of
its Bravia TVs after a number of them started smoking.
The problem relates to a component in eight different models
of it Bravia TVs which may be faulty and can in some cases overheat. While Sony
has not issued a full recall of the TVs, it has offered customers access to an
engineer who will come to your house and check out your TV.
All the affected models are LCD TVs sold since June 2007.
They are: KDL-40D3400, KDL-40D3500, KDL-40D3550, KDL-40D3660, KDL-40V3000, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40X3000,
Since June 2007 Sony has sold 1.6 million sets worldwide
with 630,000 of them being sold in Europe.
The problem with the TVs was initially reported in Sony’s home territory of Japan. While Sony has admitted there is a problem, it has also pointed out that there
has been no damage to property or individuals as a result.
Should your TV begin to smoke or make strange noises, then
you should turn it off, plug it out and contact Sony directly. It has not
set up a specific number for the problem so far, but its general customer service number
is 0844 8466 555.
In other bad news for Sony, the company has frozen
93,000 PSN accounts after noticing a large number of failed login attempts.
A statement on the PlayStation blog said:
”We want to let you know that we have detected attempts
on Sony Entertainment Network, PlayStation Network and Sony Online
Entertainment (“Networks”) services to test a massive set of sign-in IDs and
passwords against our network database. These attempts appear to include a
large amount of data obtained from one or more compromised lists from other
companies, sites or other sources.”
It added that only 0.1 per cent of PSN, SEN and SOE users
were affected by the freeze and the issue has arisen following the huge amount
of data being compromised in the PSN hack earlier this year.