Sony recalls for AC adapters for some Vaio PCs

Power adapters supplied with Vaio all-in-one desktop PCs pose the risk of electric shock

Sony issued a recall for some AC adapters used with all-in-one Vaio PCs and docking stations as they pose the risk of causing electric shock, the company said.

Sony issued the voluntary recall working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which said insulation inside the products could fail over time, causing the electric shock risk. Sony has received some reports of the adapters short circuiting, though no injuries have been reported, CPSC said.

Sony is recalling AC adapters with the model number VGP-AC19V17, which were supplied with the all-in-one Vaio PCs belonging to the VGC-LT, VGC-JS240, VGC-JS250, VGC-JS270, and VGC-JS290 series. The company also recalled power adapters under the same model number that were supplied with Vaio VGP-PRBX1 and VGP-PRFE1 docking stations.

The products were sold at Sony's Web site and retailers between September 2005 and October 2009.

Consumers can contact Sony to replace the affected AC adapters at no cost. Sony has established a Web site where consumers can check if their model is eligible for a replacement and arrange for a replacement. In the U.S., consumers can call 1-877-361-4481 to arrange for a replacement.

Sony's local PR company clarified it had instituted a "voluntary exchange", but was unable to confirm the name of units sold in Australia. All consumers with an affected model would be personally notified that they are to replace their unit.

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