Recall alert: Volkswagen, Fiat Chrysler and cat food


Volkswagen Group of America has issued a recall for 135,683 cars over an issue with the brakes. The automaker reports that the antilock brake system’s control unit could fail and the driver could lose control of the car.

The following models are affected by this recall:

-- 2009-2010 Jetta A5 Sedan

-- 2009 Jetta SportWagen

-- 2009 Eos

-- 2009 GTI

-- 2009 Rabbit

-- 2009 Audi A3

-- 2010 Golf

-- 2010 A6

Volkswagen will notify owners who will need to take the cars in for a free inspection and repair. Customers can contact Volkswagen at 800-893-5298.

Meanwhile, Fiat Chrysler has issued a recall for more than 100,000 older trucks and SUV’s over an issue with the airbags. The automaker reports that the Takata airbags can deploy with so much force in an accident that the inflator could break apart, sending metal fragments flying toward the car’s occupants.

At least 16 deaths have been tied to the Takata airbag recall and 180 injuries. Fiat Chrysler says none of those injuries happened in this group of recalled cars.

The following models are part of the recall:

-- 2009 Chrysler Aspen

-- 2009 Dodge Durango

-- 2010 Ram 3500

-- 2005-2009 Ram 2500

Fiat Chrysler will notify owners starting Jan. 12 and drivers will need to take the cars in for a free replacement.

Finally, J.M. Smucker Company has issued a recall for some of its cat food products. The 9Lives, EverPet and Special Kitty brands are affected by this recall.

The canned cat food has low levels of thiamine (vitamin B1). Cats that do not receive enough B1 could become sick and lethargic. Early signs of thiamine deficiency include decreased appetite, vomiting and weight loss.

No illnesses have been reported but customers are asked to stop feeding it to their cats and to contact the company for a replacement. The food was produced between Dec. 20 and Jan. 3.

The full list of recalled cat food can be found here:

Customers with questions can contact J.M Smucker Company at 800-828-9980.

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