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Sony recalls VAIO Flip hybrids due to fire risk

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Almost 700 Sony VAIO Flip portables have been recalled due to four smoking, catching on fire and melting incidents.

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Sony announced last week the recall of "about 680" Vaio Flip PC units which appear to be affected by severe battery problems. This happened after the company received four reports from customers located in Asia who faced overheating of their Vaio Flip PCs, followed by smoking, melting and even catching on fire. Fortunately, nobody was hurt during these incidents.

The recalled units have been manufactured in China and bear the model number SVF11N13CXS. They feature a lithium-ion battery made by Panasonic, a quad-core Intel Pentium Bay-Trail M processor and a 11.6-inch screen. These hybrids were sold by Sony's retail locations and via the company's online store for about $800 USD earlier this year (between February and April).

According to the official press release below, owners of Sony Vaio Flip units with the model number mentioned earlier "should immediately stop using the recalled personal computers, shut it down and unplug it." After that, they should contact Sony for instructions on arranging for an inspection and - if needed - a repair, both free of charge, or even a full refund of the purchase price.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-07- 7 (Update: 2014-07- 7)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.