Sony sets up inspection program for Bravia LCD TVs

Should you have one of the affected Bravia LCD panels, Sony will come out and ensure it's okay

October 12, 2011

Today hasn’t been a good day for Sony – in fact 2011 on the whole just hasn’t been kind to the giant consumer electronics company.

We’ve had news of another security incident this morning, a breach which has forced Sony to lock some 90,000 PSN and SOE accounts while the issue is resolved.

That comes on top of the PSN and SOE hacking scandals earlier this year, alongside falling profits for the consumer giant.

And now Sony has come up against another gremlin, this time in the TV department.

Apparently some of its Bravia LCD TV range have a tendency to overheat to the point where one reported incident in Japan stated a small fire starting and smoke coming out of the back of the TV.

Some sites have been reporting that Sony is issuing a recall of some 1.5 million sets, but the firm insists that this isn’t the case. Instead, they’ve issued an advisory and set up a free inspection program for those who might be affected – a number of TV models which have been on sale in Europe since 2007.

The Bravia TVs in question are: KDL-40D3400, KDL-40D3500, KDL-40D3550, KDL-40D3660, KDL-40V3000, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40X3000 and KDL-40X3500.

A component in a “very limited” number of these sets has a chance of overheating which could cause it to ignite and potentially melt, along with your TV casing.

Sony notes that: “To date, there have been no reports of any damage to other property or physical injuries.”

The company has arranged for a free inspection for owners of the above sets. If you’re an owner, then you should contact your nearest Sony service centre who will then come out and take a look at your panel. They’ll test and repair the set with a new component if necessary.

Although given these TVs have been in homes for four years now, Sony’s response seems a bit tardy to say the least.


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