Nissan Ignition Switch Recall
Nissan Recalls 166,000 Vehicles for Dangerous Ignition Switch Defect
Nissan Motor Co. has issued a recall for roughly 166,000 vehicles after determining defective ignition switches can cause the vehicles’ engines to shut off unexpectedly, even when the vehicle is in motion.
Reports indicate a spring in the ignition switch system can wear and break, allowing for the ignition key to shift from the “on” position to the “accessory” position. If this occurs, power to the engine is cut off, causing engine stalls and an increased risk of crash.
Loss of engine power can also affect electrical components of the vehicle, including airbags, power steering, and power brakes.
The automaker is urging drivers to immediately remove any and all objects, such as additional keys and key chains, from the ignition key ring in an effort to lessen the risk of engine stalls.
VEHICLES CURRENTLY INCLUDED IN THE NISSAN IGNITION SWITCH RECALL
So far, the ignition switch recall is limited to the following vehicles:
- 2017-2018 Nissan Juke
- 2017-2018 Nissan Frontier
- 2017-2018 Nissan Sentra
- 2017-2018 Nissan Versa
- 2017-2018 Nissan Versa Note
- 2017-2018 Nissan Micra
- 2017-2018 Nissan NV
- 2017-2018 Nissan NV200
- 2017-2018 Nissan Taxi models
SIMILAR DEFECT LINKED TO MORE THAN 300 DEATHS
A similar defect involving ignition switches equipped in General Motors (GM) vehicles was eventually linked to more than 300 deaths. GM was accused of delaying recalls for more than a decade before finally issuing a recall in 2014. The fiasco resulted in multiple congressional hearings centering on GM, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Delphi, a former auto parts manufacturer, and their handling of the defect and resulting recall.
Thomas J. Henry was among those spearheading the fight against GM as the company tried to avoid liability for its wrongdoing. Thomas J. Henry also played an integral part in establishing a Victims’ Compensation Fund with GM attorney Kenneth Feinberg.
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Drivers have enough to worry about while traversing the roadways on a daily basis. When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, there is a reasonable expectation that the car is going to perform in a matter that would not put the operator’s life in jeopardy. Unfortunately there are hundreds of vehicle recalls each year due to manufacturer defects, from the tires to the ignition switches, that can cause catastrophic injuries and in some cases death. If you or a loved one have been injured due to a defective part in a vehicle, contact Thomas J. Henry.
Our experienced defective vehicle lawyers have handled a multitude of injury claims caused by recalled vehicles. We continue to handle cases involving faulty and dangerous GM ignition switches and Takata airbags. Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, Austin, and Houston, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free legal consultation — our attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends.