Government Agency Looking Into Frying PlayStation Vitas
31 cases of burning charging connections since launch.
Yomiuri reports today that a Japanese government agency is investigating cases of PlayStation Vita systems burning up during recharging.
According to Sony, there have been a total of 31 examples of such incidents since the system's launch last December through early June. Of these, 23 were in Japan and eight were in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia.
Sony sent a detailed listing of the various incidents to the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation on July 12. In all cases, the problem involved the connection slot between the charging unit and the Vita burning during charging. There have been no reports of injuries.
Sony's PR department told Yomiuri that the problem is not related to a product malfunction and will thus not result in a recall. The company believes that the problem is with people having liquids or other objects inserted in the connection. Those who ended up with a burnt out connector will have to pay to get it fixed.