Nissan is recalling about 689,000 of its Rogue SUVs from the 2014 to 2016 model years because of a car fire hazard.
According to Consumer Reports, the dangerous auto defect could be the result of an electrical connector. Another electrical issue may also occur in these recalled vehicles, including power windows and seats that fail to work and a prematurely drained battery.
Electrical Issues Cause Car Fire Hazard
According to Nissan, the car fire hazard is caused by a poorly insulated electric connector that is located in the driver’s footwell, the area in a vehicle where the driver’s legs go. If water and salt collect in this area, it may be absorbed by adhesive tape on the connector, which could cause corrosion and could potentially result in electrical failures or even a fire. Drivers may notice their power window doesn’t operate properly or may see their all-wheel-drive warning light illuminate.
In some cases, vehicle owners may also experience a burning odor or see smoke coming out from under the dashboard on the driver’s side. In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Nissan says it is aware of four incidents in Canada and two in the United States that may be related to the recall, but that there have been no known crashes or injuries.
Nissan has also told NHTSA that it doesn’t have a fix yet for this problem, but expects to have one by spring 2022. Nissan will notify owners of the problem in March and will contact them as soon as it is ready to repair the vehicles. If you are a vehicle owner and have questions or concerns about the reported car fire hazard, please contact Nissan customer service at 800-867-7669.
Auto Product Liability issues
Vehicle fires are a serious problem. These types of incidents could result in catastrophic injuries or fatalities triggered by burns and smoke inhalation. If you own one of these recalled vehicles, it is crucial to stay on top of the recall process and get your free repair from a Nissan dealer as soon as it becomes available.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of these or other auto defects, you may be able to file an auto product liability lawsuit seeking compensation for the injuries, damages, and losses. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to advise victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.