Bad luck seems to be plaguing Sony of late. Recently, it's been reported that the Japanese CE manufacturer's has suffered yet another round of intrusion attacks on their PlayStation Network and Sony Online services. According to Sony, 93,000 accounts may have been compromised. Fortunately, the hackers did not succeed with their login attempts on both services.
At the AV end, Sony has started recalling 1.6 million Bravia HDTV sets. This is due to a faulty component which may cause the TV to melt or catch fire. Yuki Shima, a Sony spokesperson based in Tokyo, told Bloomberg the company initiated the recall after a customer complained about a small fire and smoke. This took place in September. Based on the company's statement, eleven similar incidents have been reported in Japan since 2008. Shima also mentioned that the faulty transformer in the TV's backlight unit is probably responsible for the overheating issues which may cause the top of the TV to melt.
Mostly, the recall affects 40-inch Bravia HDTVs manufactured in 2007 and 2008. Model numbers include the KDL-40D3400, KDL-40D3500, KDL-40D3550, KDL-40D3660, KDL-40V3000, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40X3000, and KDL-40Z3000.
The incidents have been confined to Japan thus far, although Sony will extend the recall to the US and Europe as well. Sony will repair any faulty sets, and may even offer rental TVs whilst repairs are being carried out. However, the company won't be offering any TV replacements or refunds according to the Sony spokesperson.