Sony has promised to recall 18,000 Vaio laptops from around the world after admitting that thay can cause electric shocks.
Around 13,000 of the affected machines are thought to be recalled from Japan, with the rest spread between the US and Europe.
The affected model is known as the FR (or FRV in the US) series Vaio. The fault can give the user a small electric shock under certain circumstances.
According to the Reuters news agency, Sony said the shock is similar to that of static electricity build-up. It will only occur if the laptop is connected to external power and plugged into the phone socket, but not connected, while simultaneously being connected to a grounded peripheral.
If the phone then rings, and the user is touching a metal part of the PC, they could receive a mild shock.
Sony has only received around 10 complaints, but is notifying customers by email and is considering posting a notice on its website.
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