Crash testers at an influential auto safety research group have spoken and the news is not good for some Nissan Titan owners and passengers.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently gave the popular pickup truck a rare downgrade in passenger-side crash tests. The 2021 Titan slipped from “good” to “acceptable” when it came to protecting passengers in collisions after Nissan made certain design changes, according to IIHS.
“For 2020, Nissan made changes to the front frame structure, hinge pillar, roof rail and lower sill of both pickups and added driver-side knee airbags,” IIHS said in a statement announcing the results. “Beginning with 2021 models built after September 2020, the company also added passenger-side knee airbags, so these ratings apply to vehicles built after that date.”
The pickups earned “superior” ratings for front crash protection, avoiding pedestrian and other collisions in tests at a range of speeds.
IIHS is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to prevent accidents and reduce the personal injury and property damage that comes with them, according to the group’s website. The organization is supported by a number of major auto insurers, including Allstate, CHUBB, MetLife, Nationwide and Geico.
Helping Owners in California Understand Their Legal Rights
As the new IIHS test results show, how a car is designed and manufactured can have real safety consequences for anyone on the road. Unfortunately, new cars often come loaded with a wide range of defects that go largely unspotted until long after they leave the factory or dealership.
The good news for car owners in California is that the state’s lemon law offers some important protections. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act generally requires car manufacturers to repair vehicles while under warranty and buy back cars that the company cannot or will not fix. That includes compensating the owner for the purchase price, as well as financing and other related costs.
Although the company can offer to replace the vehicle instead, it is up to the owner to decide whether to accept or reject this alternative. An experienced California lemon law attorney can help you understand your rights and options. The law requires carmakers to pick up the tab for legal fees you incur while enforcing your rights.
What a California Lemon Law Attorney Can Do For You
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