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Sony has announced to recall some of the Vaio Fit 11A notebook units because of an overheating problem and possible fire risk of the battery supplied by a unit of Panasonic.
The company has identified 25,905 of the computers worldwide shipped since it first went on sale in February. Of the total units identified, about 3,600 were sold in Japan, 2,000 in China, 7,000 in Europe, 5,600 in Latin America, and 500 in the U.S. Nearly 7,000 were sold in Asia-Pacific, excluding Japan and China.
The company’s press release noted that some of the internal, non-removable battery packs provided by a third party supplier and included in VAIO Fit 11A released in February 2014 have the potential to overheat resulting in partial burns to the housing of the PC.
The first incident was reported in Japan on 19 March, followed by similar incidents on 30 March in Hong Kong and on 8 April in China. Sony says that it has stopped selling the product at the beginning of this month and is asking customers to stop using their Vaio Fit 11A laptop as soon as possible.
Sony has also revealed the serial number of the affected European products on its website and is advising affected customers to leave their details on the page and wait for the company to get back. The Vaio Fit 11A uses a non-removable battery, which means the entire product will have to be replaced.