Another big car recall is in the news - Nissan is recalling almost a million vehicles because of an air bag problem. Specifically, the air bag system software may not be able to tell if there is a person sitting in the front passenger seat. As a result, the air bag may fail to inflate in a crash. The failure is specifically related to the occupant classification system, which is what determines whether someone is sitting in the passenger seat, and inflates the air bag during a crash.
In addition to this recall, some of the same vehicles were recalled last year because a sensor was improperly manufactured and could prevent the passenger bag from working in a crash. Fortunately, with the most recent recall, there have been accidents involving the defective parts, but no injuries or deaths have been reported.
The recalled vehicles include 2013-2014 Nissan Altimas, Sentras, Leaf electrics, and Pathfinders, 2013 NV200/Taxis, 2013 Infiniti JX35, 2014 QX60, and 2014 Infiniti Q50s. Owners of those vehicles should take them to a dealer, which will reprogram the software at no charge. According to Nissan, it has been investigating reports of the problem since last spring, and conducted a recall for another problem. After warranty claims still kept coming in, Nissan investigated again in August, and then issued the recall.
It's fortunate that no injuries or deaths occurred as a result of the problem with the air bags. In some cases, auto manufacturers fail to recall vehicles quickly enough, as is the case with GM's ignition switches, and death and injuries result. If you have been injured by a defective vehicle, you are entitled to compensation from the manufacturer. Call the Houston personal injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 713-489-9493, or visit us on Twitter.