Well... After joining the other 5 manufacturers who've issued recalls, Sony have made a HUGE announcement which affects the machine I'm typing on now. Ars Technica reports. 'Sony has finally bitten the bullet and issued a worldwide recall of all Sony-manufactured lithium-ion batteries used in notebook computers. Earlier in the day, Lenovo/IBM joined the ranks of Dell, Apple, and Toshiba in issuing a recall for all Sony batteries that ship with their notebooks. The Tokyo-based electronics manufacturer says that the recall is to address concerns regarding "recent overheating incidents," and that they are working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to formulate a plan for the recall. They cite microscopic metal particles that enter the battery during the manufacturing process as the reason for the battery failures. The particles, they say, come into contact with other parts of the battery cell, causing the battery to short-circuit. Sony claims that these batteries would normally just power off, but in "rare cases" may overheat and cause flames. Indeed, flames have been the result of many Sony battery malfunctions in the news lately, most recently from a Lenovo ThinkPad bursting into flames at a Los Angeles airport just last week. Such dramatic incidents happening in airports or—even worse—in-flight have passengers and airlines getting antsy, with three airlines now putting wide restrictions on laptop use due to the recalls. Virgin Atlantic recently eased their restrictions on Dell and Apple laptops to just those whose batteries fit the list.' This is scary stuff in scary times. I'm not sending in my battery... NEVER! They shall not take my pride and joy from me... Never! Ever!