Lemon Law News – Airbag Defect Spreads from Daimler to Nissan

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Nissan North America will recall more than 17,000 Infiniti vehicles after discovering problems that can cause inadvertent airbag deployment.

The company notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Nov. 1, 2017 they will recall 17,507 2017-2018 Infiniti QX30 hatchback vehicles built between Aug. 10, 2015 and June 16, 2017.

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Insufficient grounding can cause the vehicle’s driver-side airbag to unexpectedly deploy if an electrostatic discharge occurs and the airbag clock spring is broken.

Nissan received information on the defect from Daimler AG, who recently recalled 495,290 of its own vehicles for the same problem. The Daimler recall stated an electrostatic discharge, broken steering column module clock springs and insufficient steering component ground could cause the driver’s airbag to deploy outside of crash conditions. This sudden, unexpected airbag deployment can injure the driver and increase crash risk.

Nissan met with Daimler officials and determined the same defect could affect the Infiniti QX30 vehicles in October 2017. Following this consultation, the manufacturer decided to conduct a safety recall.

Nissan will notify owners and dealers will add sufficient grounding to the steering components free of charge. The recall is expected to begin December 18, 2017. Owners may contact Infiniti customer service at 1-800-622-6200, option 7. Concerned owners 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 help 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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