Nissan is always looking for us to “shift our thinking when it comes to automobiles and the driving experience, and it has had success in doing so based on U.S. sales of its vehicles. It has a reputation for being one of the best-made vehicles on the road for its price point.
But as with most vehicles, Nissan is made by humans, and since humans aren’t perfect, not every Nissan vehicle is perfect when it comes off the assembly line. The company will have its share of safety-related recalls due to defects, and here we’ll provide a couple of the more recent recalls.
In the spring of 2016, there were two different recalls regarding airbags on a number of Nissan models. The first one in late May was not about Nissan itself but was about the airbag manufacturer, Takata, who was recalling a large number of vehicles due to issues involving airbag inflation. That recall involved about 400,000 Maxima, Pathfinder and Sentra vehicles in model years 2001 to 2006.
Earlier in May, the company reported a recall of 3 million vehicles due to a faulty airbag sensor. This recall involved 2013 to 2017 models of Nissan Maxima, Altima, LEAF, Sentra, Pathfinder, Rogue, Murano and NV200 vehicles.
In January of 2016, Nissan announced a recall of nearly 850,000 Nissan Altima vehicles in the 2013 to 2015 model years because of a hood latch problem. For this recall, it was announced that the secondary hood latch would sometimes disengage or malfunction, allowing the hood to open while the car was being used. That, of course, would be a major safety hazard when visibility through the windshield is disrupted.
In February of 2016, about 46,000 2013-2015 Nissan LEAF vehicles became part of a recall involving the braking system. Specifically, the recall has to deal with the brakes losing effectiveness in colder temperatures, though the apparent temperature threshold was not disclosed.
Shift, but Don’t Forsake
It is reasonable to expect our Nissan vehicle to operate as it should, and to be as safe as possible to drivers and passengers can get to their destinations in comfort and be protected in the event of a crash. Recalls can be effective in addressing defects on a massive scale, but they only work when they are announced before anyone gets hurt or injured – which is rare.
However, a recall does not preclude you from defending your rights should a defect cause safety problems for you or family members. If you experience a vehicle defect, get a consultation with a quality attorney who will advocate for your rights in a defective-vehicle case.