In a news release, Sony announced the recall of 1.6 million flat-panel Bravia televisions sold around the world due to a faulty component that poses a potential fire hazard to consumers.
The recall was initiated after Sony discovered that a faulty component in the backlight system of the affected televisions could potentially overheat, resulting in the television melting or catching fire. While the company is not officially recalling the units, a statement from Sony states, “It has come to our attention through reports in Japan that in rare cases a particular component incorporated in certain models of 40” Bravia LCD HDTVs was damaged and as a result, may overheat and at times ignite inside the television. Sony has sold nearly 400,000 of these TVs in the US and no incidents have been reported to date. While we have no reports of any resulting damages to other property or bodily injuries, Sony offers all customers of the affects models a free in-home evaluation for the covered product.”
The recall of certain 40-inch Bravia televisions has been announced in Japan, but will ultimately spread over the globe, as the same model was sold in the US and UK.
As a Federal Way personal injury lawyer, I’ve witnessed similar recalls in the past and want to warn consumers to be overly cautious in situations where appliances have been known to start fires. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, contact a personal injury lawyer in your city to discuss to legal options open to you.