Sony's Power Problems Continue With Recall Of AC Adapters

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 adapters.

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 adapter.

To see if your adapter is included in the recall, visit Sony's Support page or call Sony toll-free at (877) 361-4481.