It's a rough day to be a major laptop manufacturer. First comes news that Dell knowingly sold busted products, and now Sony is recalling 535,000 Vaio laptops that could get hot enough to burn your skin.
At issue with the Vaios in question is a temperature-control defect that could distort the laptop's shape and cause severe overheating. The affected models include some of the F and C series Vaio notebooks sold since January of this year. According to the Wall Street Journal, the tally includes 259,000 laptops in the US, 103,000 in Europe, 120,000 in Asia and 52,000 in Japan.
Apparently the problem can be fixed with a simple download, or customers can have Sony pick up their laptops for repair. In the meantime, you Vaio owners might want to get out the oven mitts. [WSJ]
UPDATE: The WSJ's use of "recall" doesn't seem to be entirely accurate, as Sony is recommending a BIOS firmware update (as mentioned previously).