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Sony to replace casing in up to 350,000 digicams

TOKYO, Aug 2 (Reuters) - Japan's Sony Corp. 6758.T said on Thursday it would replace the bottom casing of up to 350,000 units of Cyber-shot digital cameras for free as metal plating may peel away and cause a slight cut or scratch on users' hands.

The replacement programme is intended for early lots of Cyber-shot DSC-T5, which was launched in September 2005.

Sony declined to disclose how much the programme will cost the Tokyo-based electronics and entertainment conglomerate, but said it is expected to have little impact on its earnings.

Sony recalled 9.6 million units of its laptop PC batteries last year, dragging its full-year earnings lower.

Sony is the world's second-largest digital camera maker behind Canon Inc. 7751.T.

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