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Sony issues battery fire risk warnings for Vaio laptop

Sony has issued battery fire risks for its latest range of Sony Vaio laptops, including the Sony Vaio Fit.

The Japanese electronics giant has warned that there is a risk batteries in the Vaio laptops are overheating and catching fire.

Anyone using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A are being urged to stop using the device as soon as possible.

The company is currently working through the list of 25,000 Vaio owners notifying them that their batteries are potentially unsafe.

The Vaio Fit 11A was announced at CES 2014, aiming to offer a smaller 11-inch version of the larger Vaio Fit convertible laptops, but has failed to gain much traction with consumers.

Apparently, Sony has sold 25,905 Fit hybrids in total, including 7,158 units across Europe.

We expect that Sony will be forced to issue a formal recall for the Fit 11A imminently.

When contacted about the battery issues, Sony issued a statement outlining the fact the batteries are provided by a third-party supplier.

“The safety of our customers is of the utmost importance, so we are advising those with affected models to switch off the unit and discontinue use.”

Sony announced earlier this year that it is selling its PC arm to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP), a Japanese investment fund that will continue the Vaio line.

“Sony Corporation today announced significant new measures to address reform of its PC and TV businesses aimed at accelerating the revitalisation and growth of its electronics business,” came the official Sony statement.

“The company has determined that concentrating its mobile product lineup on smartphones and tablets and transferring its PC business to a new company established by JIP is the optimal solution.”

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Via: Wall Street Journal

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