If you have been injured or have sustained damage to your property due to a defective or dangerous product, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit with assistance from a product liability lawyer. A product may be anything from medical or industrial equipment to a household appliance or motor vehicle. Recently, owners of several Nissan vehicles have reported airbag failure, prompting the manufacturer to issue a recall of nearly one million vehicles.
If you have experienced issues due to a possible product defect, whether it is your car or any other product, contact Attorney Group today. We will review your case, free of charge, and can connect you with a product liability lawyer who can help you seek compensation for damages.
Reports of Airbag Failure Lead to Nissan Recall
The Nissan recall includes almost one million vehicles due to claims of airbag failure. According to reports, the airbag system software may not be able to tell whether a person is sitting in the front passenger seat, so the unit may not inflate in the event of an accident. The Nissan recall is the second of its kind due to airbag failure for several models. In April 2013, more than 82,000 models of the same group of vehicles were recalled because the sensor was not properly manufactured and may have prevented the passenger airbag from working in a car accident.
According to documents noted by Nissan and filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the manufacturer has not yet received reports of any injuries or deaths, although they do acknowledge several accidents that have occurred in which the airbag failure was evident.
The Nissan recall involves what is known as the “occupant classification system,” which judges whether there is an individual in the passenger seat in order to determine whether the airbag should be deployed in the event of a crash. Nissan acknowledges that the system may not function if there are high vibrations in the engine if the car is idling and the seat is empty and then becomes occupied or if the passenger sits in an unusual posture immediately after he or she sits down.
Nissan dealers will reprogram the airbag system at no charge to customers. The Nissan recall involves 989,701 Infiniti and Nissan vehicles, including some of the latter’s best-sellers:
- 2013-2014 Nissan Altima
- 2013-2014 Nissan Sentra
- 2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinder
- 2013 Infiniti JX35
- 2014 Infiniti QX60
- 2014 Infiniti Q50
- 2013 NV200/Taxi
This is not the first recall of its kind. Many individuals across the country have sought legal help from a product liability lawyer after Honda received numerous complaints of airbag failure in the company’s 2008 Accords. According to plaintiffs, closing the doors on the vehicles may cause the airbags to deploy without warning.
Additionally, Toyota recently agreed to a $1.2 billion settlement in an effort to end a criminal investigation conducted by the U.S. Justice Department over claims that the manufacturer did not adequately handle alleged safety concerns.
Those who have been injured or own an allegedly defective vehicle are urged to seek legal counsel from a product liability lawyer to learn more about their legal rights. Those affected may be entitled to receive compensation for injuries, medical expenses, pain and suffering and lost wages that they have incurred due to an accident resulting from a defective product.
Contact a Product Liability Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective product or if you have questions about the Nissan recall and have experienced airbag failure, you should consider the legal counsel of an experienced product liability lawyer. Contact Attorney Group today to receive your free, no-obligation consultation and to learn whether you are entitled to pursue a claim. If you decide to pursue a claim, we will connect you with a product liability lawyer who can handle your lawsuit and work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.