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Nissan Issues Airbag Recall

Recently, you may have heard of an airbag recall surrounding Takata Corporation, due to airbags suddenly deploying and sending sharp metal shrapnel throughout the vehicle. This recall has impacted over 50 million vehicles, including 3.5 million Nissan vehicles. Nissan has launched a recall for over 54,000 issues due to an airbag issue, following an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, the Nissan airbag recall is different than the Takata airbag recall.

2012 Versa Cars Recalled

Over 54,000 units of the 2012 model of the Nissan Versa were recently recalled, due to an issue where the airbags unexpectedly deploy when the doors are slammed. Owners of the vehicle filed a complaint that curtain and seat-mounted side airbags on both the driver and front passenger side suddenly deployed when the doors were closed. After the NHTSA launched an investigation in October 2016, they have determined that a recall is necessary for the affected vehicles.

What Makes The Airbags Suddenly Deploy?

The side airbag connector harnesses of the vehicles used a wrong combination of metals. This resulted in an oxidation state to occur, affecting the pins that connect the control units of the harnesses. When the oxidation sets in on the connector pins, the airbag control unit and the satellite sensor cannot properly communicate. Once this signal is lost, the systems of the curtain and seat-mounted side airbags go into a backup mode. The backup mode enables deployment in case of a crash. However, the requirements for deployment change under the backup mode. In this case, a simple slam of 2012 Nissan Versa’s doors could be enough cause the system to deploy the airbags. Although most customer complaints said that a slamming door is what set off the airbags, there is the risk of airbags suddenly deploying while the driver or passenger is still inside the car. This obviously puts passengers in a dramatically increased amount of danger.

Repairing The Vehicles

Owners of a 2012 Nissan Versa can bring their cars to dealers under the recall program. The dealers will install new jumper harness kits, and properly replace the connection terminals with tin plates, so that oxidation no longer occurs. Dealers will also replace the satellite sensors of the recalled vehicles. Although Nissan has not yet revealed when the recall program will begin, they are urging owners to contact their dealers, the company’s customer service hotline, or the NHTSA.

Not The Only Issues Nissan Has Had

Nissan also recently announced that Altima and Maxima steering lock problems will be fixed for free after an announced “service campaign” for 243,000 model year 2009-2010 Nissan Altima, Altima Coupe, Altima Hybrid and Maxima cards. This is not a full-blown recall, but a service campaign that will fix problems that owners of the aforementioned vehicles have been struggling with for years.

The cars are equipped with electronic steering column lock, which cause the steering wheel to lock when the vehicles are parked and turned off. However, the steering locks have caused serious problems and can leave owners stranded. Nissan has said that manufacturing problems cause the steering wheel lock to malfunction after the cars have been shut off. As a result, the engines are prevented from starting. The problem won’t occur while driving, which is likely why this is only a “service campaign” as opposed to an auto recall. Nissan has agreed to replace the steering lock with an electronic steering column box at no charge. The electronic steering column box will replace the ESCL assembly, but will no longer lock the steering wheel when the car is parked and turned off.

Nissan dealers should be able to complete than job in about an hour. If you have already paid for repairs, Nissan will reimburse you for those repairs, provided you can provide proof of repairs. If those repairs cost more than $1,000, Nissan also requires that you show proof of ownership. Nissan replacement parts are covered by a 12-month and 12,000 mile warranty. Nissan has just begun contacting owners about the service campaign.

Have You Been In An Accident?

If you are a Nissan owner, you hopefully have recognized problems your vehicle may have had, and have taken the proper precautions to protect yourself. If not, hopefully you will do so before it is too late. But if you are a Nissan owner and have been in an accident, it is advised that you consult a car crash lawyer. A car crash lawyer can ensure you receive the money that you are entitled to, especially if your car had previously been recalled. Contact our experienced team by filling out our contact form here, or by calling us at 800-954-4014 to receive your free case review today.

During his time as a public attorney for the State of Florida, Bernard Walsh developed a passion for defending the legal rights of Florida's citizens. Having seen many people being taken advantage of after being injured and the financial harm that can cause for families he committed himself fully to helping injured clients get justice, by fighting to make greedy insurance companies pay what they owe.

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