Just a few days ago, Nissan announced a recall of almost 196,000 Nissan and Infiniti SUVs. Nissan initiated the recall because of potential corrosion in the vehicles that could cause the steering and suspension to malfunction. As a Plantation Car Accident Attorney, I wanted to discuss this recall, given the prevalence of these vehicles on the road. The recall affects the 1997 to 2003 Nissan Pathfinder and the 1996 to 2004 Infiniti QX4. The consensus seems to be that this corrosion is only an issue in cold-weather states, since road-salts that are used to clear away snow seem to be part of the problem.
You can read Nissan’s recall letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration here, which details the reasons for the recall. As of now, there do not seem to be any reports of injuries, which is very good news. Hopefully the recall will prompt owners to have there vehicles checked out to avoid any potential for a car accident injury. As a Plantation Personal Injury Attorney, I would like to see this issue fixed and resolved as quickly as possible to minimize any risk for injury.
For those who feel they may be affected, the Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti QX4 recall is mostly taking place in Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin. According to this Wall Street Journal Nissan SUV Recall article, continuing to use a vehicle that is corroding, “could lead to the strut housing coming in contact with the steering column and causing it to break. The resulting loss of steering control increases the risk of a crash.” From a Plantation Car Accident Lawyer’s perspective, that highlights the importance of the recall, because it alerts owners of a potentially serious issue that they might not have been aware of until it was too late.
In total, approximately 163,000 Nissan Pathfinders are being recalled in addition to roughly 33,000 Infiniti QX4 SUVs. As a Plantation Personal Injury Lawyer, these high volume recalls are always alarming, but hopefully this one can be resolved without anyone suffering injuries. Furthermore, the benefit of this situation is that this issue will likely result in safer vehicles for Nissan and Infiniti SUV drivers.