Sony shares take a hit in VAIO recall aftermath

Sony took a beating in the market on Friday, touching upon a 3-year low. The sell-off comes after an announcement yesterday about the voluntary recall of 438,000 VAIO notebooks worldwide (73,000 in the US).

The problem stems from irregularly positioned wires near the computer’s hinge that can cause a short circuit and overheating. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Sony “has received 15 reports of overheating, including one consumer who suffered a minor burn.” Worldwide, over 200 cases have been reported.

The affected computers were sold from July 2007 through August 2008. The recalled model series are the VAIO VGN-TZ100, VGN-TZ200, VGN-TZ300 and VGN-TZ2000.