Nissan is warning federal regulators - and some car owners - of risks associated with driving defective Rogue sport utility vehicles.
The Japanese auto manufacturer recently announced that it is recalling some 125,000 Rogue SUVs across the US. Faulty harness connectors are at risk of corrosion, which could lead to vehicle fires, according to Nissan.
“A suspected vehicle water leak can cause water intrusion into the dash side harness connector, Nissan told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a defect notice. “If this occurs, the dash side harness connector may corrode.”
“In rare cases, a fire could potentially occur, increasing the risk of injury,” the company continued.
The recall covers certain 2017 Nissan Rogue SUVs produced between July 2016 and September 2017.
Nissan said it planned to notify owners of recalled cars by January 20. It is asking owners to bring their cars to a local dealer for inspection and repair, free of charge.
California Nissan Owners: Know Your Rights
These kinds of recalls are all too routine for Nissan and other major vehicle manufacturers. They call back cars by the millions every year, citing defects that put the safety of everyone on the road in jeopardy.
The company issued a pair of recalls in October alone, for example. Nissan called back more than 20,000 Kicks sport utility vehicles and Versa sedans, saying that the cars could unexpectedly lose power steering. It also recalled some 18,000 sedans loaded with potentially exploding Takata airbags that have been found responsible for numerous crashes and deaths.
What these and other recalls have in common is that they are often announced long after cars have left factory floors and dealership lots and sold to unsuspecting buyers. By the time the recalls are made public, the cars have logged long hours on the road, putting everyone else in harm’s way.
Fortunately, Nissan and other car owners in California have some valuable rights and protections under the state’s lemon law.
The California lemon law generally requires carmakers to do a broad range of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. The law also forces manufacturers to buy back vehicles that they are unable or just simply refuse to fix. That means compensating the owner for the vehicle’s purchase price, as well as financing charges, rental car costs and other related expenses.
There is no specific number of repair requests or attempts that a person must make before the buyback requirement kicks in. That is one of several reasons why it is important to consult an experienced attorney with a track record of assisting people in lemon law cases.
Speak With a Lemon Law Attorney at Our Firm
If you have been stuck with a defective or malfunctioning vehicle or are haggling with a car manufacturer over repairs, the California lemon lawyers at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you fight back.