Nissan Floor Mats Blamed for Tragic Death

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A child recently sued Nissan for her mother’s death, alleging that a poorly designed floor mat in a Nissan Versa was responsible for the death of her mother. Her mother was run over on a sidewalk in California. 

The accident occurred when a 65 year old man driving a 2012 Nissan Versa earlier this summer ran into a group of people on a crowded street. The accident killed five and injured several others. According to the plaintiff, her mother was dragged underneath the car for 40 feet. The deceased woman’s sister’s spine and legs were broken, and she may suffer lifelong injuries.

The plaintiff alleges that the flawed design of a carpet panel in 2012-2015 Nissan Versas prevented the driver from stepping off the gas pedal, which caused the fatal accident. In 2014, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began investigating the defects after receiving multiple complaints. One complaint alleged that a driver’s braking ability was delayed because the driver’s shoe was caught by the trim panel. The NHTSA decided to only investigate 2013-2015 Nissan Versas and not the 2012 Nissan Versas because its carpet trim panel is different from other models. The plaintiff is seeking a recall of the Nissan Versas and punitive damages.

This tragic accident could have been avoided if Nissan had immediately responded to complaints about the floor mat design and issued a recall. Unfortunately, because recalls are so expensive and can be damaging to a company’s reputation, companies are often hesitant to issue recalls. A delay in issuing a recall can result in deaths and serious personal injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured because of a company’s failure to issue a recall, call the Houston personal injuries at Kennedy Hodges at 855-947-0707. We will provide you with a free consultation on your case. You can also visit us on LinkedIn.

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