Sony will eventually recall 1.6 million of its Bravia brand LCD HDTVs worldwide after several serious malfunctions where found. The components in some Japanese sets started to melt and started to emit smoke. So far its been 11 incidents in total in Japan, but the faulty parts may also affect models sold all around the world. As an example 630,000 affected units have been sold in Europe.
Sony believes only certain 40″ LCD models manufactured during 2007 and 2008 are at risk. What to keep in mind is that these models could have been on sale for a while at your local retailer, so you check your model number if you are concerned. The affected models includes the following model numbers: KDL-40D3400, KDL-40D3500, KDL-40D3550, KDL-40D3660, KDL-40V3000, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40X3000 and KDL-40X3500. You’ll find the model on your warranty card, or the back of your HDTV.