Nissan Calls Back Altima, Sentra Vehicles Over Rearview Camera Defect
Nissan is the latest major car manufacturer to recall a slew of vehicles because of malfunctioning rearview cameras
The company is calling back more than 150,000 Nissan Sentra and Altima vehicles, it recently told federal regulators. The cars’ rearview camera harnesses may become damaged, according to Nissan.
“Due to the design of the rearview camera harness and its specific routing within the affected vehicles, the harness may become damaged from movement and vibrations during vehicle operation,” the company said in a defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Over time, damage to the harness can result in the degradation of the rearview camera display image, leading to issues such as blurriness, distortion, multi-colored imagery, or in some cases, a blank screen.”
That is a serious safety hazard for Nissan drivers and anyone else on the road with them.
“If the rear view image is not available, rearward visibility may be reduced, potentially increasing the risk of a crash,” Nissan acknowledged in the NHTSA notice.
The recall covers certain 2019-2021 Altimas and 2020-2021 Sentras.
The company said it plans to notify owners of recalled cars via mail by October 26. Nissan will ask owners to bring their vehicles to local dealers for inspections and repairs.
“If the rearview camera harness is damaged, the dealer will replace the rearview camera and harness assembly,” Nissan told NHTSA. “If no damage is found, the dealer will apply protective tape and reroute the rearview camera harness.”
“All repairs will be performed free of charge for parts and labor and may take up to forty minutes to complete,” Nissan said.
California Car Owners: Know Your Rights
These kinds of recalls have become all too routine. Nissan and other major carmakers call back millions of vehicles every year, citing a wide range of defects that increase safety risks for everyone on the road.
The good news is that California car owners and lessors have some valuable rights and protections under the state’s lemon law.
The lemon law generally requires car manufacturers to perform a variety of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also forces them to buy back covered vehicles that they are either unable or are simply not willing to fix.
There is no set number of repair requests or attempts that must be made before the buyback or replacement obligation kicks in. An experienced California lemon law attorney can help you understand your rights and explore your options.
Speak with a Los Angeles Lemon Law Attorney
If you are locked in a dispute with a car manufacturer over a malfunctioning or defective vehicle, a Los Angeles lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help.
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