Sony recalled the sets after an incident in September in which a customer noticed a small fire and smoke, said Yuki Shima, a spokeswoman for the world’s No. 3 television maker. Eleven incidents have been reported in Japan since 2008, according to a company statement, but no injuries.
A faulty component in the backlight systems may be the source of overheating that can melt the top of the TV set, Shima said. It’s the second recall involving Sony products in a month, with KDDI Corp., Japan’s second-largest mobile-phone operator, saying it would replace Sony-made batteries in as many as 2 million handsets because they may overheat and melt.