The summer isn’t the only thing that’s hot…several electronic products are being recalled for posing fire, shock or burn hazards to consumers. Read on:
Sony Recalls VAIO Flip PC Laptops Due to Fire
and Burn Hazards
This recall includes Sony’s VAIO Flip PC laptops with model number SVF11N13CXS. The computers were sold in three colors: silver, black and pink. They have a Panasonic-manufactured lithium-ion battery, a folding touch screen that measures about 11.6 inches diagonally and a backlit keyboard. The VAIO logo is etched on the outer top of the computer, near the hinge. The model and serial numbers are printed on a black label with white lettering on the underside of the screen. The computers’ lithium-ion batteries can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. Sony is aware of four incidents, which occurred in Asia, of computers overheating, resulting in units smoking, catching on fire and melting. No injuries have been reported. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled personal computers; shut it down, unplug it and contact Sony for instructions on how to arrange for an inspection free of charge, as well as a free repair if needed, or a full refund of the computer’s purchase price. The units were sold at Sony retail stores
nationwide and online at www.store.sony.com from February 2014 to April 2014 for about $800. Contact Sony toll-free at (866) 702-7669 anytime or visit online at www.sony.com. Click on the Support tab, then on Electronics and then on Product Support. Once on the Product Support site, click on the Computers & Tablets tab, then on VAIO Laptops & Desktops and scroll down to Product Alerts for more information.
Roland Recalls Digital Pianos Due to Electrical Shock Hazard
This recall involves Roland model RD-800 Electronic Digital Pianos. The recalled product is an electronic piano keyboard that is 55 inches wide, 14.5 inches deep and 5.5 inches high. It is black and has 88 black and white keys. The front of the piano has a control panel with a color liquid crystal display (LCD) in the center. Models in the following serial number ranges are being recalled: Z6D0015 to Z6D0019; Z7D0174 to Z7D0423; Z8D1056 to Z8D1255; and Z9D2131 to Z9D2333. The model number is on the front left of the piano. “Roland” and the model number are in large print on the back of the piano. The serial number and model number are on a data plate on the right side of the rear of the piano between the XLR output connectors and the AC IN connector. The keyboards retailed in music stores nationwide from January 2014 to April 2014 for about $3,000. The AC power cord fits into the XLR output jacks and can be connected to the XLR output jacks, posing an electrical shock hazard. Consumers should immediately stop using the pianos, unplug the power cord from the wall outlet and the piano and contact Roland U.S. for a free repair kit or to locate an authorized dealer or service center to have the repair kit installed free of charge. Contact the Roland Corporation toll-free at (877) 339-5494 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or email email@example.com, or online at www.rolandus.com and click on “RD-800 Recall Notice” under Support at the bottom of the page for more information.
Porter-Cable Fixed-Base Production Routers Recalled Due to Electrical Shock Hazard
Manufactured by Black and Decker, four models of the Porter-Cable 3 1/4 horsepower, electric, fixed-base production routers and one production router base are being recalled. The recalled routers are about 11 inches tall and 7 inches wide. The top of the router motor is black plastic and has the on/off switch for the router. The base is painted gray and has two side handles, an adjuster ring on the top and a clamp screw on the rear. The side handles on the base of recalled routers have no insulation. The Porter-Cable name and logo are on the front of the base. The recalled routers and base were manufactured from 1990 to April 2014, and about 100,000 units were sold nationwide. The following router models are being recalled:
7518 – 5-speed
7519 – 1-speed
7519EC – 1-speed/has an extended chuck
22-7519-60 – 1-speed/ uses 220-volt power source
The router base is model number 75361 and is also sold separately. The model number is located on the side of the base opposite the Porter-Cable label.
The router base handles are not insulated, posing an electric shock hazard. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled items and contact Porter-Cable for free replacement routers and router bases with insulated handles. Contact the company toll-free at (888) 344-7973 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at www.portercable.com. Click on Important Safety Notice/Recalls, then select 2014 for more