Steering Issue Forces Nissan to Recall 236,000 Sentras
Nissan is recalling some 236,000 vehicles over a steering problem that increases the risk of accidents for drivers and passengers in the cars and everyone else on the road with them.
The recall covers certain Sentra compact cars from the 2020 through 2022 model years. The vehicles' front suspension tie rods can bend and break, which could cause drivers to lose control of the steering wheel and crash, Nissan told federal regulators.
“A bent tie rod condition may impair the driver’s ability to steer the vehicle,” Nissan said in a safety bulletin. “The steering wheel may be off-center and/or experience vibration. In the worst case scenario, if the tie rod breaks, it can lead to a loss of control.”
“The customer may notice the steering wheel may be off-center and/or experience vibration,” Nissan said in a separate defect notice filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Owners who notice steering problems should immediately schedule an inspection, Nissa said in the bulletin.
Dealers are required to fix the problem before selling or leasing covered vehicles already on their lots.
Nissan plans to notify owners of recalled cars by Oct. 5, the automaker said in the NHTSA defect notice. The company will ask owners to bring their vehicles to local dealers for inspections and repairs.
Safety Risk and Legal Rights for Nissan Owners
Nissan is no rookie when it comes to calling back vehicles over defects that pose serious safety risks.
The company in May called back more than 700 Leaf electric vehicles because of possible braking problems. It noted at the time that the problem increased the risk of accidents.
Nissan around the same time also recalled 700,000 Rogue sport utility vehicles, for instance. The company said in a NHTSA defect notice that malfunctioning car keys could inadvertently cause Rogue SUVs to lose power without warning.
Fortunately, Nissan owners and lessors in California have some important legal rights and protections under the state’s lemon law. A California lemon lawyer can help you understand your rights and explore your options.
The lemon law generally requires car manufacturers to perform a variety of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty.
It also forces manufacturers to buy back vehicles that they are unable or 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.
A carmaker can instead offer to replace the vehicle, but it is up to the owner to decide whether to accept or reject this alternative arrangement.
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