Got a Sony laptop? Then grab its power brick and keep reading. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Sony have initiated a recall of some Vaio power adapters that can allegedly "fail over time, posing an electrical shock hazard to consumers."
The recall covers adapters with the model number VGP-AC19V17, which came with Sony Vaio VGC-LT- and VGC-JS2-series laptops sold after September 2007. Sony also bundled those same adapters with VGP-PRBX1 and VGP-PRFE1 docking stations sold after September 2005.
If the model number at the top right of your adapter's label matches the above, then head down to the recall page on Sony's website and follow the instructions. You should get a replacement free of charge.
We're not talking about a short-circuit epidemic here, though. According to the recall announcement, Sony only got four reports of short-circuiting adapters, all of which occurred outside the U.S. Nobody has gotten hurt so far, either.