Sony recalls digital cameras over sensor glitch
(AFP) - Sony Corp has said it would recall eight types of Cyber-shot digital cameras due to a defect, dealing a fresh blow to the company's reputation for quality as it struggles to get back on its feet.
Sony said users may have problems viewing images when trying to take photographs due to a glitch with the image sensor, reports Trend.
It declined to say how many digital cameras would be affected by the recall.
The affected cameras -- DSC-F88, DSC-M1, DSC-T1, DSC-T11, DSC-T3, DSC-T33, DSC-U40 and DSC-U50 -- were sold at home and overseas between September 2003 and January 2005, the electronics giant said Friday.
"In high-temperature and humid circumstances, the digital cameras may fail to show image through the viewer," a company spokeswoman said, adding that the company would exchange defective parts free of charge.
The move comes hot on the heels of recalls of about 10 million Sony-made batteries by computer markers including Dell, Apple, Toshiba as well as Sony itself because of fears they could overheat and catch fire.
It is not the first time that Sony has been stung by technical problems.
In 2003, the company was forced to recall a popular range of digital cameras due to battery defects, followed by 340,000 television sets.
Last year, Sony recalled 3.6 million adaptors for its popular PlayStation 2 game console worldwide because of a risk of injury from overheating as well as 16,000 liquid crystal display televisions sold in Japan due to a default.
Sony, which has been under going major restructuring including 10,000 job cuts, posted a second-quarter operating loss of 20.8 billion yen (180 million dollars) as it wrestles with huge costs from defective battery recalls.
Sony has also suffered technical problems with the Playstation 3 due to problems with the high-definition DVD player.
Last week Sony separately said users of the newly launched PlayStation 3 may have problems trying to play games designed for older versions of the console.