Sony Laptop Recall

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Certain VAIO TZ-series Notebook Computers

Units: About 73,000

Manufacturer: Sony Electronics Inc., of San Diego, CA

Hazard: Irregularly positioned wires near the computer's hinge and/or a
dislodged screw inside the hinge can cause a short circuit and overheating.
This poses a burn hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Sony has received 15 reports of overheating,
including one consumer who suffered a minor burn.

Description: The recalled notebook computer models are the VAIO
VGN-TZ100 series, VGN-TZ200 series, VGN-TZ300 series and VGN-TZ2000 series.
The computers' screen size is about 11.1" measured diagonally. Not all
units are affected; consumers should contact Sony to determine if their
unit is included in the recall.

Sold by: The SonyStyle stores and Web site, authorized electronics
retailers, and authorized business-to-business dealers nationwide from July
2007 through August 2008 for between $1,700 and $4,000.

Manufactured in: Japan and United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled notebook computers
immediately and contact Sony to determine if their notebook is affected.
The firm will arrange for an inspection and repair, if needed.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Sony toll-free at
(888) 526-6219 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting
the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more
than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.
Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost
the nation more than $700 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to
protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire,
electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. The CPSC's work to ensure the
safety of consumer products -- such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette
lighters, and household chemicals -- contributed significantly to the 30
percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer
products over the past 30 years.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's
hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270 or
visit CPSC's Web site at Consumers can
obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at

    Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 526-6219
    CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
    CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
    Firm's Media Contact: (310) 498-5254