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Sony recalls PlayStation 2 power adaptors

Sony says it is recalling millions of A-C adaptors sold with the slim version of its PlayStation Two following cases of overheating and melting.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Sony Corp. is recalling 3.5 million faulty power adaptors for its popular PlayStation 2 video game console because they may overheat and cause injury, the Japanese consumer electronics manufacturer said on Tuesday.

The adaptors were made between August and December of 2004 for the slimline PlayStation 2, which has a free-standing power adaptor to save space. About 2.3 million of the devices were sold in Europe, with the remainder going to Asia and North America.

The recall comes as Sony is aggressively promoting the PlayStation Portable (PSP) and preparing for the launch of the next-generation PlayStation 3 console next year. A spokeswoman declined to say how much the recall would cost Sony.

PlayStation 2 owners can go to Web site to determine if their adaptors are being recalled.

In the United States, Sony received 38 reports of the adaptors overheating, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. There were two reports of minor burns, one minor shock and four reports of minor property damage, the agency said.

The U.S. recall covers about 843,000 power adaptors for the slim versions of the PlayStation 2 systems with date codes: 2004.08, 2004.09, 2004.10, 2004.11 and 2004.12 and serial numbers beginning with “F3,” the CPSC said.

The CPSC advised U.S. consumers to stop using the adaptors immediately and contact Sony Computer Entertainment America for a replacement. They can obtain additional information by calling 1-888-780-7690 or

In August, Apple Computer Inc. was forced to recall about 28,000 batteries used in some of its PowerBook laptops because of overheating problems.