Nissan Sentra Vehicles Recalled for Stall and Crash Risk
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued an auto defect recall for certain Nissan 2010 and 2011 model year sedans because of vehicle defects that could potentially cause the vehicles to stall or crash. According to Consumer Reports, about 33,800 cars are involved in this recall. NHTSA reports state that these vehicles may have faulty battery terminals that cause an unexpected engine stall while the cars are in motion. Also, the defect may prevent an engine restart, increasing the risk of a car accident.
Engine Stalling Issues
The problem affects 2010-2011 Nissan Sentra vehicles equipped with MR20 engines manufactured in May 2010 and from July to October 2010. Officials say the defect occurred during the manufacturing process when a zinc coating was applied to the battery terminal posts too thickly. This thick coating could result in a voltage drop that may make it difficult to start the car or could even damage the vehicle’s engine control module. When the recall begins in January, owners can bring in their vehicles to local dealerships where the battery terminals will be replaced at no cost to consumers.
It is not clear from this report if there were any car accidents or injuries reported as a result of this particular vehicle defect. Auto defects can occur due to errors made during the design process, manufacturing, or assembly. Vehicle stalling can definitely be a serious problem. If a car suddenly stalls on the freeway, it exposes drivers and passengers to tremendous dangers, including getting hit by other vehicles, which may not be able to slow down or stop in time to avoid the stranded auto. Such stalling can cause serious problems especially during nighttime when visibility can be limited.
Auto Products Liability Claims
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an auto engine stalling, please contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer, who has successfully handled auto products liability cases against large automakers. In such cases involving auto defects, injured victims can seek compensation from the automaker for medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. The family of a deceased car accident victim can file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for medical and funeral costs, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, emotional anguish, and other damages. Victims or their families would also be well advised to preserve the vehicle intact after an accident so it can be thoroughly examined by an expert for any evidence of defects, malfunctions, or design flaws.