Sony today issued a recall of LCD HDTV models sold in Japan  due to a fire hazard potential. To date no recall has been issued in America for any of the listed Sony LCD models according to a Sony spokesperson. This was confirmed by the US Product Safety Commission’s media representative.

In an email response to the HD Guru, a Sony spokesperson states ” The reports are mainly from Japan – 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 U.S. and no incidents have been reported to date.


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While we have no reports of any resulting damages to other property or bodily injuries, Sony offers all customers of the affected models a free in-home evaluation for the covered product.


Customers who have a covered TV can visit to schedule a dedicated service technician to perform an evaluation.


The 40″ models affected include KDL-40V3000, KDL-40VL130, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40WL135, KDL-40XBR4, and KDL-40XBR5.


Sony is committed to addressing this issue proactively as we stand behind our promise of quality and reliability.”

Sony also instituted a similar voluntary inspection program in Europe of certain 40″ models .


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