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Massive Recall of Nissan Vehicles Stemming from Corrosion Which Impacts Steering

June 08, 2011

In about 20 states that experience cold weather and use salt to treat their roads, there has been a recall of about 196,000 vehicles made by Nissan.

The salt used on the roads in these areas has caused corrosion problems on certain Pathfinder and QX4 models.

The problem initiated an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) starting in January 2011. The organization had received about 35 reports of this corrosion problem, which is located in the steering column of the vehicles. The automaker was quoted as saying "the strut housing may crack and pull away from the inner hood ledge assembly." Nissan also suggests that the driver could be alerted to the problem ahead of time because "it would create a grinding noise and some increase in steering effort that could alert the driver to the existence of a problem." Nissan also has conceded that the defect could cause the vehicle to crash.

On May 16, 2011, Nissan was to begin informing owners of the recalled vehicles of the defect. The company plans to inspect and repair the vehicles for free. The vehicles being recalled are model years 1996 to 2004 Nissan Pathfinders and 1997 to 2003 Infiniti QX4 SUVs.

Automobiles and Their Defects

A motor vehicle may be found defective if one of the following occurs:

  • A Manufacturing Defect: This occurs when a car, or a part of the car, was not manufactured according to the approved design.
  • A Design Defect: This occurs when the design of the vehicle, or the part of the vehicle, was unreasonably dangerous. This vehicle may have been made according to the design, but it is still unreasonably safe because the design itself was unsafe.

Product defects, such as these, can cause motor vehicle accidents. The company or people responsible for the defect may be liable for accidents and resulting injuries depending on the facts and circumstances of the case. When someone is hurt due to a vehicle defect, they can seek justice by filing a product liability lawsuit. There are two general types of claims in these lawsuits:

  • Claims based on negligence – The negligence may stem from any substandard care in the design or manufacture of the product.
  • Strict liability - This is not contingent on any negligent action or inaction during manufacturing or design, but holds the manufacturer liable simply based on the fact the product had a defect that caused injury.

Automakers have a responsibility to the public to ensure that their products are safe and that consumers are not put in harm's way by using their products.

Choosing the Right Attorney

The scope of automobile recalls has affected millions of Americans who have concerns about the safety of their vehicles and injuries from accidents that have already happened in those vehicles. People who have been injured by defective Nissan products may be entitled to compensation for their injuries. If you have recently been injured in an accident caused by a defective part, then we encourage you to contact a personal injury attorney in your area. It is important to discuss the exact details of your case with an experienced Atlanta personal injury attorney so that you can obtain a candid assessment of your prospects of being compensated for your injury.

If you or someone you love have been seriously injured in an auto accident, including accidents resulting from vehicle defects, we are ready to help you and your family. Our Georgia auto accident attorneys are available to assist clients throughout all of Georgia including, but not limited to, Albany, Athens, Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Macon, Marietta, Rome, Roswell, Savannah, Smyrna, Valdosta, Warner Robins and all smaller and rural towns in the state. Call us today for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333), or visit us on the web at No matter where you are in Georgia, we are just a phone call away.

Category: Auto Accidents

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