Nissan North America will recall almost 2,000 Infiniti vehicles suffering potentially dangerous airbag problems.
The Franklin, Tennessee-based manufacturer notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Sept. 6, 2018 they will recall 1,671 2019 Infiniti QX50 vehicles built between July 4, 2018 and Aug. 24, 2018.
The affected vehicles contain passenger-side knee airbag modules covered with trim that can separate unexpectedly during deployment in very cold temperatures. A detached airbag cover can injure passenger occupants during airbag deployment.
Low temperature tests conducted by component manufacturer Autoliv found the defect on Aug. 2, 2018. The company immediately began an investigation, and on Aug. 16, 2018 quarantined all passenger side knee airbag modules and worked to determine the affected vehicle population.
Autoliv’s investigation found certain airbag modules lacked the proper tear seam thickness, and the knee airbag cushion was incorrectly folded.
Nissan investigators worked with Autoliv and determined which vehicles contained the affected airbag modules. The company determined to conduct a safety recall on Aug. 29, 2018.
Infiniti will notify owners, and retailers will replace the passenger-side knee air bag module, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 22, 2018. Owners may contact Infiniti customer service at 1-800-662-6200. Concerned consumers can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to assist you. Lemon law attorneys help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.
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