A logo of Sony Corp's Vaio is seen as a shopper looks at products at an electronics retail store in Tokyo February 5, 2014.
Yuya Shino—Reuters
By David Stout
April 11, 2014

The Japanese electronics company Sony announced on Friday that the batteries inside their latest Vaio laptops contain a defect that could cause the computers to overheat and “burn.”

“It has come to our attention that some of the internal, non-removable battery packs provided to us by a third party supplier and included in VAIO Fit 11A released in February 2014 have the potential to overheat resulting in partial burns to the housing of the PC,” read a press released published on Sony’s website on Friday.

The company went on to advise customers who had purchased the at-risk model to “immediately discontinue use, shut down and unplug the PC.”

Sony is reportedly in the process of identifying compromised computers and putting together a plan to reimburse or repair customers’ laptops at no extra charge.

The company has sold more than 25,000 Vaio products globally since February, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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