Sony recalls half a million overheating laptops

Sony has recalled over half a million laptops that may overheat and cause burns to users' laps.

The Japanese outfit is recalling 535,000 of its Vaio F and C series laptops after it received 39 reports of overheating and distortion from customers woirldwide.

The recall applies to 259,000 laptops in the U.S., 103,000 in Europe, 120,000 in Asia and 52,000 in Japan.

Sony said the fault lies in the BIOS which means the heat management system doesn't work properly, making the laptops dangerous to use.

Certain units within the VPCF11 and VPCCW2 notebook series are affected by the problem. Sony recommends that all units in the VPCF11 and VPCCW2 series be updated with the firmware download, which can be had from this page.

The dodgy heat management system caused some laptops to distort and melt. The firm said it had received no reports of injuriers so far.