Cobb County Auto Accident Attorney Notes Nissan Recall for Faulty Air Bags


April 04, 2014

Nissan® has joined the glut of vehicle manufactures who have recently recalled vehicles because of defective air bags. The automaker has recalled a million vehicles because of a problem with the vehicle software that might incorrectly determine that the front passenger seat is unoccupied. When this occurs, the air bag may fail to deploy during a crash. Some of the vehicles involved in the current air bag recall were previously included in an 82,000 vehicle recall last year because of a faulty air bag sensor that could have prevented the air bag from deploying.

Although there have been several crashes reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) involving the recalled vehicles, the automaker indicates no injuries or fatalities have been reported. The current recall is related to a problem with the vehicles’ occupant classification system. This system is designed to determine whether the seat is occupied and to trigger deployment of the air bag during a crash if someone is seated in the passenger seat. Documents from Nissan® indicate that the system might fail if there is an excessive amount of engine vibration and someone sits in the seat while the vehicle is idling according to news reports.

The vehicles covered by the recall include the following Nissan and Infiniti vehicles:

  1. 2014 Infiniti Q50 (unspecified)
  2. 2013 & 2014 Nissan Sentra
  3. 2013 & 2014 Nissan Altima
  4. 2013 & 2014 Nissan Pathfinder
  5. 2013 NV200/Taxi
  6. 2013 & 2014 Leaf (electric)
  7. 2013 Infiniti JX35/2014 QX60

If you own any of the covered vehicles, you should take the vehicle to a dealership where the automaker will reprogram the vehicle free of charge.

Cobb County auto accident attorney David Montlick, Founder and CEO of Montlick and Associates commented, “Air bags constitute a critical supplement to seat belts when vehicle occupants are involved in a collision, but they can create a false sense of security when they do not function properly.”

This recent recall is just one of a recent wave of recalls related to air bag problems. When airbags do not deploy during a crash, the risk of vehicle ejections, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries increase dramatically, especially if the vehicle occupant is not wearing a seat belt. Even when the air bag does deploy, improper timing of that deployment can result in severe injury because of the enormous force involved in the inflation of the air bag. In such situations, people have experienced severe head injuries, brain damage and blindness from air bags that are not fully deployed when they make contact with an occupant.

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