Sony 2007 Grand WEGA SXRD models KDS50A2020, KDS55A2020, and KDS60A2020 distorted picture recall
Is your Sony a part of the class action suit on the SXRD 2 Rear Projection models?
The class action suit against Sony and there SXRD 2 Rear Projection has finally been settled. I have included the official notice below. The models affected are KDS-R60XBR2, KDS-R70XBR2, KDS-50A2000/2020/3000, KDS-55A2000/2020/3000, KDS-60A2000/2020/3000, and KDS-70Q006. I have created a separate lens depending on model group and when the offered optical block extension warranty ends.
This lens includes Sony models KDS50A2020, KDS55A2020, and KDS60A2020. The optical block warranty extension ends on December 31, 2010.
Sony's Official Notice
According To Sony.com
A class action lawsuit (the "Lawsuit") was filed against Sony Electronics Inc. ("SELL"), Sony Corporation and Sony Corporation of America (collectively, "Sony") concerning an alleged defect in the optical block of the SXRD rear projection high definition television model numbers KDS-R60XBR2, KDS-R70XBR2, KDS-50A2000, KDS-55A2000, KDS-60A2000, and KDS-60A2020, and alleging discolorations in the Televisions' picture display. "Discolorations" means color anomalies in the picture display of the Televisions described in the Complaint, including, but not limited to, green blobs, yellow stains, green haze, yellow lines, a softer and washed out picture, lack of color uniformity, poorer rendition of dark colors, "blotchy" rendition of the color black, problems with "grayscale," and convergence problems. The Lawsuit included claims against Sony for breach of warranties and violations of various consumer protection statutes; the law on these claims varies from state to state. Sony denies the existence of a defect and maintains it is not liable for the claims brought in the Lawsuit.
Nevertheless, Sony has entered into a Settlement Agreement (the "Settlement" or "Settlement Agreement"). You may be entitled to receive the benefits of the Settlement Agreement if you purchased or received as gifts the following televisions: KDS-R60XBR2, KDS-R70XBR2, KDS-50A2000/2020/3000, KDS-55A2000/2020/3000, KDS-60A2000/2020/3000, and KDS-70Q006.
The Court in charge of the case is the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and the case is known as In re Sony Corp. SXRD Rear Projection Television Marketing, Sales Practices & Products Liability Litigation, Case No. 09 MD 2102 (RPP). The Court directed that you have a right to know about the proposed Settlement of the Lawsuit, and about your options, before the Court decides whether to approve the Settlement Agreement. If the Court approves the Settlement Agreement and the Settlement becomes final, Sony will provide all of the benefits described in the Class Notice to persons in the Class to settle the claims in the Lawsuit. The Class Notice explains the Lawsuit, the Settlement, and your legal rights.
A Summary Notice providing an overview of the Settlement will be appearing in USA Today and Wall Street Journal on or before June 18, 2010. The following are some of the dates and deadlines for the Settlement approval process:
Object to the Settlement Postmarked by July 23, 2010
Exclude Yourself ("Opt Out") from the Settlement Postmarked by July 23, 2010
Notify the Court and the Parties that You Wish to Appear and Speak at the Fairness Hearing Postmarked by August 13, 2010
Fairness Hearing August 13, 2010
Sony Optical Block Failure Symptoms
1. Green blobs
2. Yellow stains
3. Green haze
4. Yellow lines
5. A softer and washed out picture
6. Lack of color uniformity
7. Poorer rendition of dark colors
8. "Blotchy" rendition of the color black
9. Problems with "grayscale"
10. Convergence problems
If you have an affected Sony KDS50A2020, KDS55A2020 OR KDS60A2020 you can call Sony at 1-888-649-7669. Have your model number, serial number, and purchase date ready. (The optical block warranty extension is regardless of purchase date but they will still ask you for it. An estimation of the date is fine.) The Sony representative will give you an E-file number as well as the name and phone number to your closest authorized service center. If you have any of the above pictures issues with your television the service center should not charge you anything. If they try to, call Sony immediately.
If you have already had your Sony television repaired you can go to Sony's website, put in your model number, and download a claim form. Sony will reimburse you parts, labor, tax and shipping costs if you incurred them.