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Months after thousands of Dell and HP notebooks with Sony batteries were pulled from the market Sony has launched a massive recall of 438,000 Vaio portable computers also containing Sony batteries due to the potential of them exploding.

According to Reuters It is one of the biggest computer recalls since 2006 when Dell Inc recalled 4.1 million notebook computer batteries because they could overheat and catch fire.To date Sony has received 15 reports of overheating, including one of a consumer who suffered a minor burn. However it is not known whether Sony notebboks sold in australia will be recalled.

 The recall was initiated due to complaints to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission said.

The flaw, in Sony’s VGN-TZ100, VGN-TZ200, VGN-TZ300 and VGN-TZ2000 series computers, is related to “irregularly positioned wires near the computer’s hinge and/or dislodged screw inside the hinge” that can cause a short circuit and overheat, the agency said.

“This poses a burn hazard to consumers,” the agency added. “Sony has initiated a voluntary program to perform a free inspection and, if necessary, a repair to ensure these units meet our high quality standards.”

Sony has been dogged in recent years by recalls of laptop computer batteries amid concerns they would overheat and catch fire. In 2006, Dell, Apple Inc, Lenovo Group Ltd, Toshiba Corp and some other PC makers recalled more than 8 million Sony batteries.

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