Sony denies Bravia LCD TV recall, but offers free safety checks

By on Oct 12, 2011 in Appliances, Asia, Europe, Technology Comments

A Sony Bravia LCD TV recall is now being reported in various news sites, but the company noted that they are offering free safety checks only and it is not a full recall.

Sony Bravia LCD TV
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Apparently, there are reports being circulated online on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 stating that Sony is recalling around 1.6 million Bravia TV units worldwide due to fire risk.

As noted on British news sites that day, Sony confirmed that a component used in eight different versions of its Bravia LCD TV may cause overheat and the top of the TV will melt.

The affected model numbers of the Bravia TV are KDL-40D3400, KDL-40D3500, KDL-40D3550, KDL-40D3660, KDL-40V3000, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40X3000 and KDL-40X3500, as taken from the official statement from Sony at

These model numbers can be identified from the Product Information option in the Set-Up Menu, which can accessed by pressing the Menu button then the Settings Menu on the remote control. In addition, they can also be seen on the label on the back of the TV sets.

Meanwhile, there are 11 reports from Japan where Bravia TV units emitted smoke and caught on fire but no one was hurt. Nevertheless, Sony emphasized that there is no recall for the said product.

“This is not a product recall and is not a case of switching over affected TV sets for new ones,” a Sony spokesman was quoted at Guardian UK, but confirming that there will be a free service check.

With this, Sony is encouraging all Bravia TV owners to be aware of any unusual smells, noises, or smoking coming from their TV sets. They can also request for a Sony engineer to inspect their units.

Sony reportedly sold 1.6 million Bravia TV units sold worldwide since 2007 and 630,000 of them were sold in Europe. The said problem cannot be encountered when the TV set is not on.

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