Nissan has issued a recall of nearly one million cars due to a defect in the passenger airbag systems. According to the car manufacturer, a problem with the computer systems contained in certain Nissan automobiles could result in the passenger side airbag failing to deploy. If the airbag fails to deploy in a car crash scenario, it could increase the possibility of personal injury and death.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a bulletin saying that the recall is affecting a total of 989,701 motor vehicles that are currently registered in the United States. It is unknown whether this recall affects cars located outside of the United States. Tennessee drivers can contact Nissan directly to determine if their own vehicles are affected.
Nissan's car models that will be affected by the recall include 2013 and 2014 models of the Pathfinder, Sentra, Altima and Infiniti. The company issued a statement that it is working with software programmers to develop a patch that it can install in the system of the affected cars to resolve the problem. Nissan expects that the patch will be available after the first half of April.
It is laudable that Nissan voluntarily published information relating to this defect. However, the increased risk of personal injury and death created by it is cause for worry and concern. If that an auto defect has resulted in the death or injury of a Tennessee resident, the victim (or the victim's family in the event of a fatality) may wish to investigate the possibility of initiating personal injury and/or wrongful death claims against the manufacturer and potentially other entities involved in the sale and marketing of the affected vehicles. Indeed, numerous case examples can be cited in which accidents and injuries were proven in court to be the result of an auto defect. Victims of auto defects not only deserve justice and restitution, but they are entitled to it under the law.
Source: The Christian Science Monitor, Nissan recall: 990,000 vehicles for airbag software defect, Richard Read, March 27, 2014