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Sony recalls PS2 power adaptors

Sony is recalling 3.5m faulty power adaptors which were sold with the black PlayStation 2 slimline version between August and December 2004.

 

It said the power adaptor could overheat, causing damage or injury.

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Sony said it would replace returned adaptors for free. Two-thirds of the affected consoles were sold in Europe.

 

About 960,000 of the units were sold in the US, 210,000 in Asia and 60,000 in Japan, according to Sony.

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The specific models in question are SCPH70002, 70003 and 70004. People who think they may have one of the faulty adaptors are urged to go to http://www.ps2ac.com for more information.

 

Sony said people should not return their faulty adaptors to the place they bought it.

Between this and the similar Xbox recall, apparently one of the more difficult parts of modern console design is creating a power cord which won't burn your house down.
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Actually, one of the difficult parts is remembering not to trim your manufacturing costs down to pennies when playing with mains voltage, basically. Both this and the XBox problem are down to them trying to play as fast and loose with the 240V stage as they do with all the low-voltage components in these cheapo versions.

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