Product recalls are a regular part of an automaker’s relationship with consumers. Essentially, they have a continuing duty to correct problems that could lead to accidents (and subsequent injuries). In our prior posts, we have noted how Ford Motor Company is defending a products liability lawsuit based on its failure to issue proper recalls to correct defects. We also highlighted how a potential defect led to a fatal accident in March 2013.
Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Corp. recently announced that it would be recalling 2013 Pathfinders and Infiniti JX models to correct a brake problem. According to filings with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the recall was due to a structural issue with the vehicles’ front brakes. Essentially, a torque member was improperly cast during manufacturing and left it susceptible to failure.
The recall will reportedly affect more than 19,000 vehicles, and is not related to other recall efforts involving airbag defects, or problems with the fuel-system.
Nissan believed that that if the torque member failed, the brake caliper can move and lead to reduced braking power. This also increases the likelihood of a crash if the brakes do not operate as they should.
Like many recalls, owners may have their vehicles inspected (and repairs completed) free of charge. The complementary review is also a way for manufacturers to meet their legal duty to address auto defects.
For new Nissan and Infiniti owners in New Jersey, it is helpful to consult an attorney if you believe that vehicle defects have led to an accident.
Source: WSJ.com, Nissan recalling Pathfinder and Infiniti JX vehicles for brake problems, April 23, 2013