Nissan recently announced that it was recalling 3.53 million vehicles, most of which are in the U.S. The vehicles are being recalled because the passenger-side air bags may not work properly because vehicle sensors may malfunction. This is the fourth recall since 2013 to address problems with passenger-side airbags.
The most recent problem with the airbags is that the system may improperly classify an adult front seat passenger as a child or as an empty seat, which can lead to an air bag failing to deploy in the event of a crash. To date, Nissan has reports of three injuries linked to the issue, but no fatalities.
The newest recall includes vehicles from the 2013-2017 model years, including some Nissan Altimas, Leafs, Maximas, Muranos, Pathfinders, Sentras, Rogues, NV200s, NV Taxis, Infinities, and Chevrolet City Express (built by Nissan for GM). Almost 3.2 million of the vehicles are in the U.S.
According to a Nissan spokesman, the planned fix will vary by vehicle and will include software reprogramming and hardware replacement. Dealers will be notified in late May about the planned course of action. Only about 20 percent of the U.S. models will need a hardware fix.
Although Nissan appears to be acting responsibly and taking the lead on this issue, many other automotive companies refuse to act quickly when a vehicle defect is discovered. Recalls can be very expensive and time consuming, and many companies will deny there is a problem. If you have been injured because of a vehicle defect, you may be able to sue the vehicle’s manufacturer for your injuries. If you’re in Houston, call the automobile defect attorneys at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707, or visit us on Facebook.