Nissan issued a recall last year of almost one million vehicles whose airbags did not properly deploy. However, regulators are worried about the recall, indicating that Nissan may have to re-issue the recall.
The initial recall occurred in March 2014, and was issued because a computer program could misjudge the weight of the person sitting in the front passenger seat, and conclude that a child was sitting there. The airbag is not supposed to deploy if a child is in the seat because of the risk that the airbag can cause serious injuries. However, if there is actually an adult in the seat and the air bag does not deploy, more serious injuries could occur.
At the time of the initial recall, Nissan said that it would reprogram the software that controls the passenger-side airbag. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received almost 1,300 complaints from Nissan owners whose vehicles were repaired, but still see a warning light indicating that the airbag is off when an adult is in the seat.
The NHTSA says that it will investigate the measures taken by Nissan, which could lead the agency to pressure Nissan to issue a new recall. Nissan reportedly has already repaired 839,000 of the 990,000 vehicles recalled. A Nissan spokesman says that the company believes that the recall remedy was effective and fixed the issue.
Companies who fail to recall and fix defective products they sell may be held legally responsible if a consumer is injured because of that dangerous product. Injured consumers may be able to receive compensation for lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical expenses.
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