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Chrysler SUVs, computers top this week’s recalls

Chrysler SUVs, computers top this week’s recalls

RECALL:Chrysler is recalling more than 800,000 SUVs. Photo: Associated Press

A look at this week’s top recalls and consumer safety information.

Brake issue prompts recall of 800K Chrysler SUVs

Chrysler Group said it would recall nearly 870,000 vehicles to fix a defect in the brake systems following complaints about excessive brake-pedal firmness.

Chrysler, a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said the recalled vehicles will be installed with a shield to protect brake boosters from corrosion caused by water exposure. The company said in a statement Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango SUVs, model years 2011-2014, were under inspection and brake boosters would be replaced wherever necessary.

Chrysler said it was aware of one related accident but not of any injuries.

Dyson recalls 400K space heaters for fire risk

Dyson has recalled nearly 400,000 space heaters because they can develop an electric short and overheat. At least 82 incidents have been reported relating to the devices overheating, but no injuries have been caused. The heaters were sold nationwide through March. Consumers should stop using them immediately and contact Dyson for a refund.

Lenovo recalls laptop batteries

About 34,000 battery packs for a variety of Lenovo laptops and ThinkPads are being recalled due to a risk of overheating. Recalled battery packs have one of the following part numbers starting with the fourth digit in a long series of numbers and letters printed on a white sticker below the bar code on the battery pack: 42T4695, 42T4711, 42T4798, 42T4804, 42T4812, 42T4822, 42T4828, 42T4834, 42T4840 and 42T4890.

The recall includes battery packs sold through April of 2011. Consumers should immediately stop using the devices and contact the manufacturer.

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