It seems Sony's Vaio power problems aren't over yet. Almost
a year after recalling 100,000 notebook batteries and 13 months after recalling
almost a half-million notebooks due to overheating concerns, Sony
and the U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of about 69,000 Vaio AC
Apparently, insulation inside of the AC adapters can fail
over time, thereby posing an electrical shock hazard to consumers. So far, Sony
has received four reports of adapters short-circuiting. None of the incidents
have occurred in the U.S., and no injuries have been reported.
The AC adapter model that is affected by the recall is the Sony
VGP-AC19V17. The adapter was sold over a four-year period from September 2005
to October 2009. The adapter was sold with the Vaio VGC-JS240, VGC-JS250,
VGC-JS270, and VGC-JS290 series and the VGC-LT series all-in-one computers. The
following notebook docking stations are also affected: VGP-PRFE1 and VGP-PRBX1.
Customers with an affected AC adapter should turn off their
computers, unplug it, and stop using the recalled AC adapter. After you contact
Sony, the company will arrange for a free replacement of the affected AC
To see if your adapter is included in the recall, visit
or call Sony toll-free at (877) 361-4481.