Sony has issued a warning to European customers that some of its Vaio Fit laptop models have batteries that could potentially malfunction and cause overheating. It requests that customers of specific models get in touch with the firm for advice.
The Japanese electronics giant issued an alert on 11 April advising any customers running one of its Vaio Fit 11A laptop models to stop using it and contact Sony "to discuss next steps".
Sony said the non-removable battery packs provided by an unnamed third-party supplier, could potentially malfunction and cause overheating, resulting in partial burns to the chassis of the PC.
The firm has published a list of product numbers on its website of potentially affected Vaio Fit 11A models. The issue is apparently confined to models that shipped in February 2014. Users can check their model on a page from Sony to see if it suffers from the issue.
"For your safety, if you are in possession of one of the PCs listed above, please immediately turn off your computer, disconnect it from its AC adapter and discontinue use," Sony advises customers on its website.
"We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may cause."
The Fit line of laptops was introduced as part of a portfolio of new models from Sony last summer, and is aimed at professionals and business customers.
This issue highlights the drawbacks of integrated internal batteries, which are increasingly common in today's thinner and lighter device designs. Any problem with the battery means that the device is rendered unusable and has to be returned to the vendor for servicing.
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