Nissan Recalls 700,000 Rogue SUVs, Citing Possible Fires
Nissan is calling back some 700,000 Rogue sport utility vehicles because of a serious problem: They could go up in flames.
An electrical connector for the SUVs’ under-dashboard harness may corrode over time, increasing the risk of a dashboard fire, according to Nissan. That, in turn, raises the likelihood of an accident, the company told federal regulators.
The problem is that water and salt may collect in the driver’s side footwell, wicking up the harness tape and entering the connector. The resulting corrosion can result in a number of issues other than fires, according to the company, including inoperable power seat and power window controls, all-wheel drive warning light illumination and battery discharge.
The recall covers certain 2014–2016 Rogue SUVs. Nissan plans to notify owners of recalled cars by early March, the company said in a defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Yet, Nissan does not seem to have figured out how to fix the problem so far.
“The repair is currently under study and will be supplemented once confirmed,” the company told NHTSA. “However, Nissan expects the repair to be available in spring 2022.”
Nissan Defects and California Car Owners’ Rights
Recalls like the one covering Rogue SUVs are all too common. Nissan and the world’s other major car manufacturers call back millions of vehicles every year, citing a broad slate of defects and malfunctions that put everyone on the road at risk.
Last summer, for example, Nissan announced that it would recall more than 138,000 cars over a tie-rod defect that the company said could cause vehicles to unexpectedly lose control of steering. The move came just months after Nissan announced that it was recalling some 800,000 Sentras over a brake light problem, which the company told NHTSA at the time increased the risk of a crash.
Fortunately, Nissan and other car owners in California have some important rights and protections under the state’s lemon law. A California lemon law attorney at our firm can help you understand those rights and explore your options.
The lemon law generally requires car manufacturers to perform a wide variety of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. It also requires manufacturers to buy back (or replace, in certain circumstances) cars that they are unable or not willing to fix. That includes compensating the owner for the purchase price, as well as other related fees and costs.
There is no specific number of repair requests or attempts that a person must make before the buyback or replacement requirement kicks in. That is one of many reasons why it is vital to consult an experienced California lemon law attorney.
Speak with a California Lemon Law Attorney
If you have been stuck with a defective or malfunctioning vehicle, a California lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you fight back.