Recent product recalls or recall notices. Details are available in most cases at www.cpsc.gov and other websites or telephone numbers listed.
Dyson electric heaters
Dyson is recalling about 393,000 portable electric heaters because they can develop an electric short and overheat, posing a fire hazard.
The company is aware of 82 incidents of the recalled heaters short-circuiting and overheating, including four reports of heaters with burned or melted internal parts. No injuries or property damage have been reported.
About 338,000 heaters were recalled in the U.S. and about 55,000 in Canada.
The recall includes all Dyson Hot heaters and Dyson Hot+Cool heaters with model number AM04 and all Dyson Hot+Cool heaters with model number AM05. The model number is above the Dyson logo on the product information sticker on the underside of the heater's base.
The heaters are 23 inches tall with a round base and an upper body shaped like an elongated ring. They have no external fan blades and are made of plastic. The heaters were available in various colors.
The heaters were sold September 2011 to March 2014 for about $399 at Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Costco, Fry's, Kohl's, Lowe's, Macy's, Sears, Target and other retailers nationwide. They also were sold online at websites for Abt, Amazon, Dyson, Groupon, HSN, QVC and Walmart.
Consumers are advised to stop using the heaters immediately and unplug them.
Details: 866-297-5303; or at www.dysonrecall.com.
Toyota is recalling 119,000 Avalon sedans from the 2003 and 2004 model years because their airbags could deploy inadvertently.
The company says circuits within the airbag control module can be damaged if they're exposed to interference from other electrical components in the car. The defect can also cause the seat-belt pretensioners to tighten without warning.
Toyota says it knows of one minor injury related to the defect, but no accidents.
The company is notifying owners of the recall. Dealers will add an electrical noise filter to the airbag control module for free.
Ace Clamp-On LED Work Lights stamped with the model number "DC004" and date code "08/13" on the back of the light base. They were sold Ace Hardware retail stores and other hardware stores nationwide and online at www.acehardware.com from September-December 2013.
The cord bushing inside the light base could fail, allowing the cord wiring to pull out of the base, exposing bare wire and presenting a shock and fire hazard.
Details: 888-827-4223; by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; www.acehardware.com.
General Motors is recalling 172,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars because the right front axle shaft can fracture and separate while being driven.
The recall affects cars from the 2013 and 2014 model years equipped with 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engines.
If a shaft fractures, the wheels would lose power without warning and the cars would coast to a stop.
GM says it has warranty reports of several dozen shaft fractures. It is not aware of any crashes or injuries.
Dealers will replace the shafts free of charge. The recall allows dealers to resume selling affected Cruzes. GM previously had issued a stop sale order on the cars.
Laptop battery packs
Lenovo battery packs sold with the following ThinkPad notebook computers: the Edge 11, 13 and 14 series, the T410, T420, T510 and W510 series, and the X100e, X120e, X200, X201 and X201s series. The battery packs were also sold separately.
The packs can overheat, posing a fire hazard.
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: 42T4695, 42T4711, 42T4798, 42T4804, 42T4812, 42T4822, 42T4828, 42T4834, 42T4840 and 42T4890. They were sold at computer and electronics stores, authorized dealers and at www.lenovo.com from October 2010 through April 2011.
There have been two reports of the battery packs overheating, resulting in damage to the computer, battery pack and nearby property. No injuries have been reported.
Details: 800-426-7378; www.lenovo.com.
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