Sony Recalls 1.6 Million Bravia TVs Because They're Worried They'll Catch Fire

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If you bought a Sony TV between 2007 and 2008, it might be a fire hazard! Since 2008, 11 people have claimed their Bravia TVs caught on fire, prompting Sony to now recall 1.6 million TVs.


According to Bloomberg, the problem traces back to a transformer component that's been used in a handful Bravia models.

A faulty component in the backlight systems may be the source of overheating that can melt the top of the television, Shima said. The same transformer is used in the five Bravia models in Japan being recalled, according to a Sony statement.

There haven't been any reports of overheating incidents outside Japan, the statement said.

Additionally, the website Product Reviews lists the 8 models which are affected:

Here's the important information to note, as the model numbers associated with the affected televisions include the KDL-40D3400, KDL-40D3500, KDL-40D3550, KDL-40D3660, KDL-40V3000, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40X3000 and KDL-40X3500 models.

Beware, TV watchers. [Bloomberg, Product Reviews]



That is not the only problem. We have a Sony bravia KDL-46V3000 and like many, are experiencing the delights of a shifted image:[]

Fortunately, the tear-down of the unit to get a look at what was going on inside was pretty simple:[]

Unfortunately, even though we were able to "fix" the problem, the fix was not permanent:[]

The problem appears to be an issue that is common across many different brands. We wonder if it is related to the size of the LCD panels. The larger panels may be more prone to flexing issues and other such problems. Also...not sure if hanging the larger panels put more stress on the LCD than leaving it on the stand.

In any case, reports of premature panel failure (and no blue pill is going to help with that) are coming in now these TVs are a few years old.