Notebooks have been recalled heavily in the past for overheating and fire risk due to faulty batteries. The recalls cost computer makers and battery companies huge sums of money. Sony is apparently in the midst of another issue with 535,000 of its Vaio notebooks around the world.
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Exactly how Sony will address the problem is far from clear. The AFP reports that a software fix is being issued to address the issue. However, the WSJ reports that Sony has issued a recall on affected notebooks.
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A software fix would imply that it's something with the firmware controlling the fans inside the notebooks causing overheating. A recall would indicate faulty hardware. Sony says no one has been hurt by the problem, but 39 users have reported that their systems overheated to the point that the notebooks were deformed.