Nissan Recalls 150,000 Vehicles in North America
Nissan is asking some 150,000 car owners to bring their vehicles back in for maintenance. The company wants to fix a manufacturing defect that it says could cause to cars to stall without warning.
Wear and tear on ignition switches could cause them to move to the “off” position while a car is running, Nissan says. That could cause serious for problems for anyone in the car, the company acknowledged.
“If the engine stops unexpectedly while the vehicle is running, the air bag system would continue to be powered through built-in electrical capacity reserve, but this reserve will deplete unless the vehicle is restarted,” Nissan said in a recall notice. “This increases the risk of a crash, an injury potential if a crash does occur.”
The company is offering to inspect mechanical key ignition systems in certain 2017-2018 Nissan Versa, Juke, Frontier, Sentra, and some vans. It will also replace those systems, if necessary.
A Nissan spokesperson told Consumer Reports that the company initiated the recall out of “an abundance of caution.” The spokesperson said the company wasn’t aware of any accidents caused by the defect.
The move follows a similar recall by GM in 2014. That car manufacturer recalled 2.6 million vehicles over ignition switch problems.
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The Nissan recall is the latest example of some of the serious defects that often come with cars, including many that owners and drivers may not know exist. These defects, if left unfixed, can create significant safety risks for anyone on the road.
The California lemon law provides some important protections for car buyers. The law obligates manufacturers to take responsibility for defective cars. It puts the burden on the car maker to fix the vehicle or compensate the owner in certain cases.
The law requires car makers to repair various defects and other problems with the vehicle while it’s under warranty. If those efforts don’t work, the manufacturer is required to compensate the owner for the purchase price and/or down payment and financing charges, as well as other expenses like car rentals, towing and repair costs. The manufacturer may also offer to replace the car instead.
The law applies to both new and used cars, if repair attempts happen during the vehicle’s warranty period. The number of repair attempts required for the law to kick in depends on the situation.
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