NHTSA Investigates Possible Failures in Recent Nissan Airbag Recall

About 1 million Nissan owners in the U.S. may have to go through a second round of an airbag recall, a St Louis personal injury attorney explains. Here’s why.

About 1 million Nissan owners in the U.S. may have to go through a second round of an airbag recall, a St Louis personal injury attorney explains. Here’s why.

More than 830,000 Nissan vehicles that were subject to a November 2014 airbag recall may require additional fixes, officials at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warned last week.

The potential issue is that the recall may not have remedied the problem that was preventing the passenger-side airbags from deploying in an accident. According to the NHTSA, the defect involved a computer problem and airbag sensors that caused the system to wrongly assess that the person in the passenger seat was a child, instead of an adult; as a result, the system cause airbag failure.

In other words, these defects would prevent the airbags from deploying in a crash, likely increasing the risk of serious injury in a collision.

Despite the fixes Nissan said it was doing to the software and airbags, however, about 1,300 vehicle owners to date have filed reports that they are still seeing indications on their dashboards that the passenger-side airbags are off when adults are riding in these seats.

What Happens Now?

At this point, the NHTSA has stepped up its investigation into the alleged defects. Regulators are also reportedly now looking into whether Nissan may have botched this recall or remedy in some way.

As the NHTSA has commented about this investigation, regulators intend to “further evaluate the effectiveness of the recall remedy, which will include a thorough review of the countermeasures taken by Nissan and its suppliers.”

Depending on the outcome of the federal investigation, regulators may require Nissan to reissue this recall and make additional fixes to the 1 million or so total number of impacted Nissan vehicles, the specific makes and models of which include (along with approximate totals of affected vehicles):

  • 2013 NV200 (≥6,600)
  • 2013 & 2014 Altima (≥544,100)
  • 2013 & 2014 Leaf (≥29,100)
  • 2013 &2014 Pathfinder (≥124,200)
  • 2013 & 2014 Nissan Sentra (≥182,500)
  • 2013 Infiniti JX35 and 2014 QX60 (≥63,690)
  • 2014 Infiniti Q50 (unreported).

If you want to check to see if your vehicle is impacted by any ongoing NHTSA recall, you can look it up by its VIN number here.

Contact a St Charles & St Louis Personal Injury Attorney at Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC

If you harmed by a defective airbag or by any piece of faulty or defective equipment, an experienced St Charles & St Louis personal injury attorney at Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC is here for you, ready to help you advocate your rights and get on the path to financial recovery.

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