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Nissan SUVs, pet treats among week’s top recalls

Nissan SUVs, pet treats among week’s top recalls

PET TREAT THREAT: This image provided by Patricia Cassidy shows Cassidy with her dog, Doodles, at the veterinarian in Chattanooga, Tenn., after doodles had been diagnosed with kidney failure. Doodles is believed to be one of 580 dogs in the U.S. that have died in the past six years from eating pet jerky from China. Baffled by the cause and seeing another surge in illnesses, the Food and Drug Administration reached out to owners and veterinarians to help it find the poison behind the sickening of at least 3,600 dogs and 10 cats since 2007. Photo: Associated Press/Courtesy Patricia Cassidy

FDA warns pet owners of dangerous jerky treats

The Food and Drug Administration is asking dog and cat owners to report any problems their pets have had after eating jerky pet treats.

In a notice to consumers and veterinarians, the agency said it has linked illnesses from jerky treats to 3,600 dogs and 10 cats since 2007. About 580 of those pets have died.

The FDA says its Center for Veterinary Medicine has run more than 1,200 tests, visited pet treat manufacturing plants in China and worked with researchers, state labs and foreign governments but still hasn’t determined the cause of the pet illness.

The FDA says pets can suffer from a decreased appetite, decreased activity, vomiting and diarrhea among other symptoms within hours of eating the jerky treats.


Nissan recalling 152K vehicles for brake issues

Nissan Motor Co. is recalling nearly 152,000 Nissan and Infiniti SUVs to fix faulty brake control software that could increase the risk of a crash.

The recall covers some Nissan Pathfinders from the 2013 and 2014 model years, as well as the 2013 Infiniti JX35 and its successor model, the 2014 QX60.

Nissan says that during light braking on rough roads, the antilock brake software could cause longer-than-expected stopping distances.

Nissan will notify owners within 60 days, and dealers will reprogram the antilock brakes free of charge.

Owners can contact Nissan at (800) 647-7261.

More than 220K Suzuki motorcycles recalled

Suzuki is recalling 210,228 motorcycles in the U.S. because the front brakes might not work properly.

The recall involves GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 motorcycles from the 2004 through 2013 model years and GSX-R1000 motorcycles from the 2005 through 2013 model years.

Suzuki says there have been no injuries related to the defect.

The company says older brake fluid and corrosion of the brake piston inside the front brake master cylinder can form a gas that reduces fluid pressure transmission to the front brake. That can reduce braking power and increase the risk of a crash.

Suzuki Motor of America Inc. will notify owners starting next month. Dealers will replace the front brake master cylinder for free.

Tommy Bahama recalls ceiling fans after blades detach

Thousands of Tommy Bahama-brand ceiling fans are being recalled after multiple people reported fan blades detaching during operation, causing injury.

The fans retailed for about $350 at stores nationwide.

The company that manufactured the fans is offering free in-home repairs to customers.

For more information on recalls visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

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