Sony has just announced an amazing global product repair scheme, revealing a plan to check a staggering 1.6 million BRAVIA models it's sold over the past four years. Damaged components mean certain BRAVIAs "may overheat and at times ignite".

Sony is calling it a "safety inspection and rework programme" which has been triggered by Japanese consumer concerns over melting internal components, which were apparently damaged before being fitted to some TVs. According to Sony's European Support site, the BRAVIA models involved are all 40" LCD units with the following model numbers:

KDL-40D3400, KDL-40D3500, KDL-40D3550, KDL-40D3660, KDL-40V3000, KDL-40W3000, KDL-40X3000, KDL-40X3500

Owners of the above are allowed a "free inspection" of their BRAVIA and, if need be, Sony will organise a "free repair" to ensure you can sleep soundly even if you haven't turned it off at the mains.

And yes, this really is the second time we've used the "Sony disaster" picture here on Giz UK today. [Sony EU Support via Engadget]