From February 2010 Consumer Reports Magazine:
Sony has recalled 69,000 model #VGP-AC19V17 Sony Viao computer AC adapters with docking station, because they can pose a shocking hazard. Call Sony at 1-877-262-4481 to obtain a free replacement.
See also http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Deskt.....rs-179024/
Sony has initiated a voluntary recall for certain AC power adapters which may short circuit and pose a potential electrical shock hazard, according to an Oct. 27 posting on Sony’s eSupport Website.
This recall only applies to AC power adapters model VGP-AC19V17 that were supplied with the following VAIO all-in-one computers and docking stations:
* All-in-one computers sold after September, 2007
- VGC-LT series
- VGC-JS240, VGC-JS250, VGC-JS270, and VGC-JS290 series
* Notebook docking stations sold after September, 2005
In order to see if their power adapter qualifies for the recall, owners can check the serial number at this Sony site - https://esupport.sony.com/perl.....ject_id=14
Location of serial number: