Nissan is a Japanese-based company that was founded in the early 1900's. The company took on the name it is now known by in the 1930's. Nissan quickly grew from its original boxy designs to fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly cars, allowing the company to expand internationally. The company's partnership with French car designer Renault revamped Nissan luxury cars such as the Infiniti. Nissan was the first to debut the Around View Monitor that allows drivers to see a bird's-eye view, 360 degrees around the car. In addition, it was the first company to produce an electric car with a lithium-ion battery. Nissan remains one of the major Asian competitors to the U.S. car industry, and continues to outperform every other car company for electric car sales.
Nissan Defects and Recalls
A number of Nissan vehicles have been subject to recall in recent years due to a variety of different defects. This section is a compilation of some of the largest Nissan vehicle recalls is by no means a complete list of the recalls that have been issued. To search for recalls related to your vehicle, check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or Nissan's website.
In 2016, Nissan recalled over 120,000 Maxima and Murano models manufactured between 2016 and 2017 for major issues with the vehicles' brakes. The vehicles had an Anti-Lock Brake with defective pumps that allowed brake fluid to leak onto the internal electrical circuit board, which could cause an electrical short and a vehicle fire.
Nissan recalled almost 80,000 vehicles in May of 2016 for brake lighting issues. Faulty installation of the brake light switch caused certain Pathfinder models to keep the break lights illuminated when the brakes were not applied, making it difficult for drivers behind the affected vehicles to see when the brakes were actually applied. The issue also interfered with some of the vehicles' brake-shift interlock devices, and allowed drivers to exit the vehicles without the car being in the proper park position.
Nissan was a part of the massive Takata air bag recall and the company is continuing to recall affected vehicles as it discovers problems. A Takata worker failed to turn on a switch during manufacturing that eliminated air bags with defective parts, allowing many faulty air bags to reach production lines. These air bags are susceptible to humidity, which can cause them to inadvertently deploy without a crash.
Unrelated to the Takata recalls, in April of 2016, Nissan recalled close to 4 million vehicles, including 16 different models, for defective air bag sensors. The affected vehicles had faulty Occupant Classification Systems that could fail to identify adult or child passengers in the front seat, preventing the front air bag from deploying during a crash. Part of the recall referenced deformed seat brackets as the cause of the faulty Occupant Classification Systems. In 2014, Nissan recalled almost 1 million vehicles for a similar issue.
Many Nissan customers have complained of severe shuddering issues in the continuously variable transmissions of their 2013 and 2014 Pathfinder vehicles. While the company never issued any recalls relating to the issue, a class action lawsuit was settling with an agreement that Nissan would pay for some of the repairs to the vehicles. The lawsuit alleged that Nissan was aware of the transmission issues, took undercover steps to fix the problem, and intentionally misled customers about the severity and safety risks of the problem.
Close to 900,000 Nissan Altima vehicles were recalled in January of 2016 for a manufacturing error affecting the front hood latches. If the primary hood latch was unintentionally released, the secondary hood latch could fail, causing the hood to fly up while the vehicle was in operation.
In January of 2015, Nissan recalled almost 500,000 Nissan Rogue models for leakages that could cause electrical problems. Especially during the winter months, snow, water, and salt could leak through the carpet on the vehicle's driver side floor and cause an electrical shortage in the seatbelt harness connector. The shortage had the potential to cause vehicle fires.
Almost 300,000 Nissan Versa vehicles were recalled in August of 2015 for design issues with the brakes. The Versa vehicles had a certain design of the console trim panel that could catch driver's shoes and slow the application of the brakes, increasing the breaking distance and the risk of accident.
Nissan has had several recent issues with its fuel pump systems.
In March of 2016, Nissan recalled close to 50,000 vehicles for faulty plating in the fuel pump system. The nickel plating could cause the fuel pump system to fail, forcing the vehicle to stall suddenly during operation.
Nissan recalled over 130,000 vehicles in 2014 for manufacturing errors with the fuel pressure sensors. The sensors were not adequately tightened during production, which allowed the sensors to loosen with vehicle usage and to, eventually, cause a fuel leak. Fuel leaks greatly increase the risk of vehicle fires.
In 2012, Nissan reached a settlement over a class action lawsuit for issues related to failed radiators in its 2005-2010 Nissan Pathfinder, Xterra, and Frontier models. The successful lawsuit found that Nissan was aware of, and concealed, an issue with leaking radiators that caused stalling and transmission errors. Under certain conditions, Nissan agreed to pay for repairs to these vehicles. Nissan never issued a recall for the radiators.
Nissan Safety Ratings
The extent of Nissan's recent recalls has hurt the company's overall safety ratings. Less than 15% of all Nissan vehicles received a five-star rating from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, and less than 30% of the Nissan vehicles have been chosen as a top safety pick for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Contact A Personal Injury Attorney
A defect in a vehicle can result in injury to the driver, the vehicle's occupants, and others on the road. If you or a loved one has been injured due to a defective Nissan, please contact the Law Firm of Jeremy Rosenthal today to discuss your case. You can call us at (303) 825-2223, or fill out our online form.