Nissan is recalling more than 1 million cars, SUVs and vans because the front passenger airbags may not inflate in the event of a crash.
According to an Associated Press news report, the recall affects a number of popular models including the Altima, Leaf electric car, Pathfinder SUV and Sentra compact cars from the 2013 model years.
The NV200 taxi van and the Infiniti JC35 from 2013 and the 2014 Infiniti QX60 and QX50 SUVs are also included in the recall.
Software Issues May Be Responsible For The Defect
According to documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Nissan says the vehicles’ computer software may not detect an adult in the front passenger seat. If that happens, the airbag will not inflate.
When the recall begins in mid-April, Nissan will notify vehicle owners and dealers will update the software at no cost to consumers.
This is the second passenger airbag recall for some of the vehicles.
Last April, 82,038 2013-model vehicles from the same group were recalled because a sensor was improperly manufactured and might prevent the passenger bag from working in a crash.
So far, no injuries or deaths have been reported as a result of the most recent recall, reports state. But the automaker did receive three reports of airbags failing to inflate in a crash.
Nissan spokespersons say they are not sure if anyone was hurt in those incidents. This recall involves 990,000 vehicles in the United States.
Auto Product Liability Issues
Auto defects are in the spotlight now with the significant General Motors recall where federal officials are looking into why the automaker did not issue a recall on a problem they’ve known about for a decade.
Automakers have a duty and a legal obligation to report safety defects in a timely manner. GM’s failure to report the safety defects in time may have caused 14 deaths.
How many were injured or killed as a result of these defective airbags?
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of these or other auto defects, an experienced auto products liability lawyer can help you better understand your legal rights and options.
The best auto defect law firms will always offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.