Steering Problem Sparks Nissan Sentra Recall
Some Nissan Sentra owners probably want to get their cars looked at before hitting the road.
The company recently announced that it is recalling more than 138,000 vehicles over a safety hazard that Nissan says increases the risk of an accident. Defective tie rods could break, causing drivers to lose control of their cars and posing a safety risk, according to the company.
“A bent tie rod condition may impair the driver’s ability to steer the vehicle, Nissan said in a defect report filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “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 partial loss of steering control which may increase the risk of a crash,” Nissan added.
The recall covers certain Sentra vehicles from model years 2020 and 2021. Nissan said it will begin notifying owners of recalled cars in August. The company will ask them to bring their vehicles to a local dealer for inspection and repair.
“Owners of all potentially affected vehicles will be notified to take their vehicle to a Nissan dealer where they will inspect both the left and right side tie rods and replace if either is bent,” the company told NHTSA.
How the California Lemon Law Protects Car Owners
The recall comes just months after Nisan announced that it was recalling some 800,000 Sentras over a brake light problem that the company said increased the risk of a crash.
Nissan is not alone. Major auto manufacturers call back millions of vehicles every year, citing a wide range of defects that put people at risk. These recalls are often announced long after cars have left factory floors and dealership lots.
The good news is that car owners in California have some important rights and protections under the state’s lemon law. The Song-Beverly Consumer Warranty Act requires car manufacturers to do a variety of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty.
It also obligates companies to buy back cars that they are unwilling or not able to fix. That means compensating the owner for the purchase price, as well as financing fees and other related costs.
Talk with an Orange County Lemon Law Attorney
If you are a California car owner driving a defective or malfunctioning vehicle, an Orange County lemon law attorney at Bickel Sannipoli APC can help you understand your rights and explore your options. We are committed to ensuring that the manufacturer properly fixes the vehicle or fully compensates you for the car.
Our lawyers understand the significant stress that can come with haggling with car dealers and manufacturers. That is why we work aggressively to resolve these cases for the people that we represent.