Car recall lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm report that five of Nissan and Infiniti’s newest models have been recalled. The vehicles were recalled due to defective sensors that may disable the front passenger airbags.
The company notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) of the recall, although it stated it is not yet sure exactly how many of its vehicles will need to be inspected and fixed. Fortunately, no accidents or injuries have been reported due to the defective parts.
The recall will include Nissan’s Altima sedan, Sentra compact, Pathfinder SUV, Leaf electric car, and the Infiniti JX35. All recalled vehicles are 2013 models. Late in 2012, many Nissan drivers brought their vehicles into dealers with concerns about the airbag systems. Upon inspection, the dealers found that some of the sensors in the front-passenger seat were defective, causing the airbag system to fail to activate during a crash. The faulty sensory system is the same in all of the recalled vehicles.
In addition to the dangerous airbag defects, at least 400 additional Sentras are being recalled because of fuel tanks that were improperly sealed. The fuel tanks in these vehicles pose a leaking hazard, which could spark a serious fire. The Leaf and the infinity JX35 were just introduced into the market in 2012. The specific vehicles affected by the defective sensors are still being determined. Owners are expected to be notified by April 2013 if their vehicles are being recalled, and will be able to bring them to dealers for inspection and replacements free of charge.
The Nissan Altima was the fourth best-selling car in January 2013, making it the automaker’s hottest commodity, with nearly 50,000 already sold this year. The Altima landed in fourth place after selling only 150 less than the Ford Fusion.
More than 700,000 Ford models, including the Fusion, are currently under investigation by the NHSTA. Those subject to the probe include the Fusion, Escape, and Mercury Milan and Mariner, manufactured between 2009 and 2011.The company received more than 120 reports of sudden loss of power or stalling while in use in these models. The problems are suspected to be the result of contaminated printed circuit boards and defective throttle body assembles.
On the same day the Nissan and Infiniti recall was announced, Ford recalled its Escape SUV for the fifth time since 2012. The recall extends to more than 7,000 model year 2013 vehicles, also including the Focus and C-Max hybrid. In some of these vehicles, the left rear door child locks were built incorrectly, making it seem like the child locks are properly engaged but allowing the door to open if attempted.
Ford has sold about 44,000 Escapes so far this year. As stated, this is
the fifth Escape recall – the others were initiated due to fuel
line leaks, engine-overheating issues, coolant line leaks, and problems
that could cause the driver to accidentally hit the brake while switching
between the accelerator and brake pedals.
Although they are relatively inexpensive and incredibly popular, Ford and Nissan vehicles have initiated numerous recalls in past years. Vehicles of all types have been sent back to manufacturers in record number in recent years, as automakers initiate recalls by the millions. In 2010, more than 20 million vehicles were affected in the United States, as nearly 650 recalls were announced.
Auto accident lawyers at Pintas & Mullins Law Firm urge American drivers to stay up-to-date with vehicle recalls, and we will continue to report on these and other issues as they are made available. If you or a loved one was seriously injured in an accident caused by a defective or faulty vehicle, you have important legal rights, and may be entitled to compensation through an automaker lawsuit.