Sony Bravia flat-panel HDTVs are apparently at risk of spontaneously catching on fire. The electronics giant has recalled 1.6 million of its Bravia units due to a component in the unit’s backlight system that was found to be faulty, thereby causing the TVs to overheat and possibly catch fire.
According to Bloomberg, there have been 11 reported incidents of TVs either smoking or actually catching fire in Japan since 2008. The latest incident was reported last month, the news organization noted. While all incidents have been based in Japan, Sony’s taking no chances. It’s recalling all units throughout Asia, Europe and the U.S.
The company has offered to repair the faulty backlights of affected units, and there are talks of possibly lending out rental units during repair times. The UK’s DailyMail has listed the following units as being affected: KDL-40D3400, KDL-40D3500, KDL-40D3550, KDL-40D3660, KDL-40V3000, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40X3000, and KDL-40Z3000.