Sony: Battery in Windows 8-based VAIO Fit 11A notebook could catch fire

The Windows 8-based Sony VAIO Fit 11A notebook, one of the last Windows PCs made by the company before it announced it was selling off that division earlier this year, has a rather big problem. The battery included in the notebook could catch on fire.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Sony stopped selling the notebook at the beginning of April after it had received three separate reports of the battery overheating and causing partial burns. Sony had launched the notebook in February and sold close to 26,000 of the VAIO Fit 11A before the decision was made to stop sales.

Sony has now urged all current owners of the notebook to stop using it and is currently in the middle of a program that will repair or replace the models that are currently in circulation. More information on those efforts will be announced later in April.

Panasonic was the company that actually made the batteries inside the VAIO Fit 11A. A spokesperson for the company confirmed that it had provided the part to Sony via an outsourcing agreement. It's currently unknown if the same battery is being used in other notebooks.

Source: Wall Street Journal | Image via Sony

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Wall-swe said,
Why even mention Windows 8 based, and why is it in the headline?

Because they sold those with Win 8 OS on it. I don't know how hard it is to hardware program to turn off battery charging once it is reached 100% charging for quite some time and still plugged in to the power.

I recently purchased Asus laptop which has non detachable battery. To remove battery some one has to open the whole back case which is really pain. I guess now computer makers wants to treat laptop as disposable commodity as many novice users will throw off their perfectly working laptop once battery dies and their warranty expires.

Athlonite said,
Hey SONY here's an Idea STOP!!! using cheap Chinese batteries

Thats like telling most American corporations to stop outsourcing...

It's like the Dell exploding battery issue all over again, except in that case they were Sony-manufactured batteries.

Cue all the journalistic orgasming and people posting videos of their laptop burnt to a crisp and their pants with a black hole in them!

All the problems with the Z2? There's just one, long time 4k video recording will demand the SoC so much it'll just heat up - the same thing happens to your PC (which actually has fans to cool them down what the Z2 doesn't have). Run something demanding like prime and see what your CPU will do.