No Brake Lights is a Big Problem for Nissan Sentra Drivers
Nissan is recalling some 800,000 cars whose brake lights may stop working at any time.
The company wants another look at certain Sentra sedans from model years 2016-2019, according to Consumer Reports. Nissan says faulty brake light switches could mean the lights fail to illuminate, increasing the risk of a crash.
“The stop lamp switch may become contaminated with off-gassing from silicon-based grease used in surrounding components (HVAC and brake booster clevis pin) in close proximity,” Nissan told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a defect notice. “Oxidation may occur at the switch contact surface due to electric arcing, resulting in silicon dioxide build-up. This build-up may lead to open circuit issues and an inoperative stop lamp switch.”
“Rear stop lamps not illuminating could potentially increase the risk of a rear-end crash,” the company added.
This is not the only problem that Nissan is having with faulty brake lights.
The company recently announced that it is recalling some 250,000 Pathfinder sport utility vehicles, citing a defect that could cause brake lights to be stuck in the “on” position. Nissan said the defect could also cause problems with the brake-shift interlock, which could make it harder to shift out of park or could result in the engine starting without depressing the brake.
Nissan told Consumer Reports that the company is not aware of any accidents caused by the Sentra defect. It began alerting owners of recalled cars in April and says it will have replacement parts available in the fall.
Lemon Law Rights for California Car Owners
Defects like those affecting Nissan vehicles are far too common. Every year, the world’s largest auto manufacturers call back millions of cars for a wide range of problems that put people’s safety at risk.
The good news for car owners and lessors in California is that the California lemon law gives you some rights and protections in the event that your vehicle malfunctions.
The Song Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires a car manufacturer to make certain repairs to vehicles while they are under warranty. It also forces the company to buy a car back - or, in some cases, replace it - that the manufacturer is unwilling or unable to fix.
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