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Warning: Your Sony LCD TV Might Spontaneously Combust

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Are things heating up on your favorite television show? Or, is it your television set that's heating up so much it could catch on fire? Sony has announced a recall of their 40" Bravia LCD HDTV sets after learning that a component inside the TV "may overheat and at times ignite inside."

Here's how Sony says they'll handle your potentially smoldery set:

Beginning immediately, Sony offers all customers of the affected models [Model Nos. KDL-40V3000, KDL-40VL130, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40WL135, KDL-40XBR4, and KDL-40XBR5] a free evaluation for the covered product. If you have any covered product unit, please visit www.updatemytv.com to schedule a dedicated service technician to perform an evaluation. When a request is made, Sony's service representative will promptly visit and evaluate your television, and repair it at no charge if an affected component is found.

In the meantime, if your Bravia is actin' funny (smoking, making weird noises, or emitting a strange smell) turn that sucker off, unplug the cord, and keep it off. Sony says the problems won't happen if the set is turned off.

"So far there have been no problems with the TVs in the U.S. There have been 11 incidents in Japan, though none involved injuries or damage beyond the TVs," notes ABC7. The affected TV sets were made in 2007 and 2008.