The company claims it has recorded 39 cases of overheating and noted the possibility that the faulty laptops could cause skin burns, even though no such cases have been reported so far. To identify whether your Vaio is part of the affected series, head over to Sony's diagnostic page and enter the serial number found on the bar-coded sticker on the bottom of your machine. Affected users can fix the problem by downloading a program through their Vaio's update system or the company's website. Alternatively, Sony is also offering to pick up the laptop and handle the repair work for you.
This isn't the first time Sony has issued a recall for overheating issues. The electronics company recalled 9.6 million laptop batteries in 2006 because overheating cells were a fire risk. This was one of the biggest recalls in consumer electronics history, and drained around 51.2 billion yen ($577 million) from the company's earnings.