Gamed.nl has published a retraction of its reporting that 40-percent of 40GB PS3 could be defective. Here is a translation of the full retraction:
News: [ Upd. ] Corrective measure 40 GB PS3's
Yesterday we published the news that the Belgian chain game store Mania recovered a large number of defective PS3 40GB from customers. Today we got the report that that information is incorrect.
The figures published on Gamed.nl (that 40% of the 40GB consoles could be defective) do not appear be correct. Those figures according to Sony and Mania are totally unrepresentative and circumstantial. Both parties have asked for a retraction of that notice.
Update: Sony has meanwhile sent the following press release.