Nissan Motor Co. is issuing a vehicle defect recall for 188,000 vehicles worldwide due to braking problems. According to a report in Detroit News, the recall involved 2013-2014 Pathfinder SUVs, 2013 Infiniti JX35 and 2014 Infiniti QX60 crossover vehicles.
Nissan officials say that during light braking on rough roads, the antilock brake system brake pressure output software may lead to an increase in stopping distance. This condition could cause drivers to experience longer stopping distances and increase the risk of a crash. About 153,000 vehicles involved in this recall were sold in the United States.
Nissan informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it implemented software reprogramming on Sept. 20 and decided on Oct. 7 to issue the recall. Nissan conducted an incident vehicle investigation in Canada to duplicate the incident. They then identified four previous field incident reports received in the prior four months concerning brake performance on Infiniti JX35 vehicles.
During this study, Nissan determined that the ABS brake pressure output software setting could cause stopping distances that are longer than expected for the driver’s pedal force. This could particularly happen when the ABS was activated over rough or uneven roads. When the recall begins in two months, Nissan will notify owners and will reprogram the software to fix the issue.
Auto Product Liability
When a vehicle defect causes or contributes to an injury accident, victims can file what is known as a product liability claim to seek compensation for damages. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, permanent injuries, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Automakers are required under the law to issue prompt recalls of defective autos and auto products. Victims in such cases would be well advised to preserve the vehicle in tact so that an expert can examine it thoroughly for defects and malfunctions. It is also important that victims contact an experienced auto product liability lawyer who has represented injured clients against large automakers. The law firm must have the resources necessary to pursue these large industry leaders. The best auto defect law firms will also offer a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.