USA Today reports that recent recalls of laptop batteries has led to an industry-wide push to make batteries both safer, and quite possibly, less expensive. Underwriters Laboratories is currently re-evaluating lithium ion battery guidelines. Meanwhile, IPC, a computer component trade group, has pledged to release a set of battery manufacture guidelines in June. In addition, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, another trade group, is also reviewing its battery technical guidelines. All three groups share the same goal of improving battery manufacturing processes in order to avoid problems such as the one that has caused Sony to recall...

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