Sony television owners have been warned that a number of models are a potential fire hazard. The electronics giant has revealed that a small amount of 40-inch Bravia LCD TV devices, which have been available in Europe since June 2007, could be faulty.
The affected models contain a defective component which can potentially over-heat and catch alight to melt the upper casing of the television.
Jackie Boyle, community fire safety officer for West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, told the West Sussex County Times that anyone who owns a Sony Bravia TV should check to ensure it isn't on the list of potentially faulty models.
"If you do own one of the affected models and you notice any abnormality, for example an unusual noise, smell or smoking then turn it off immediately, unplug the power cable and stop using the TV. "We also urge everyone to make sure they have a smoke alarm on every floor of their home and test them weekly."
The affected models are the: