Apple initiates battery recall; others to follow?

Just a week and a half after Dell's massive battery recall, Apple has followed suit by recalling 1.8 million notebook batteries due to a risk of excessive heat and fire. According to an article by Laptop Logic, Apple is one of a number of manufacturers including Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Lenovo, and Toshiba to use Sony batteries in its laptops. Fujitsu, HP, and Toshiba claim they are not affected by the problems, but Apple hasn't been so lucky. Nine users have reported overheating batteries, Apple says, two of which involved "minor burns and property damage." The recall affects batteries in iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 notebooks sold from October 2003 up until this month. For more information, users can either call Apple at 1-800-275-2273 or try getting to the company's support page, which seems to be down right now.

Next in line for potential recalls could be Sony itself; a Kansas City-based TV station reported yesterday that a local woman had her Sony Vaio laptop burst into flames while turned off, and then do so a second time after she put out the first fire with an extinguisher.

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