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Sony warns of battery fires in Vaio laptops

TOKYO--Sony on Friday warned customers to stop using its new Vaio Fit 11A laptops due to an overheating battery problem that poses a fire risk and said it may issue a recall.

The Japanese electronics giant said 25,905 units had been shipped globally since they went on sale in February.

It said it may recall the computers but was so far asking customers to stop using them, adding that it plans to issue more details, including repair options, over the next couple of weeks.

“There is a risk that battery overheating could damage part of the computer,” it said in a statement.

“We're asking customers to stop using their PC immediately, unplug the cable and stop using it.”

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Sony's 2008 models of Vaio laptop computers are displayed during their press preview in Tokyo on July 16, 2008. Sony on Friday, April 11 warned customers to stop using its new Vaio Fit 11A laptops due to an overheating battery problem that poses a fire risk and said it may issue a recall.

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