Things aren't looking so great for auto manufacturer Nissan. The company has already issued two major recalls this year, one for faulty airbags that could have killed motorists, and another for defective tires that could suddenly deflate.
Montana residents who own 2013 Nissan Altimas, Infinitis, Sentras, Pathfinders and LEAFs may want to check to see if their vehicles have been listed for recall.
In particular, spare tires for Nissan Altimas manufactured over a five-day period in late March were under-inflated or over-inflated, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has warned that the manufacturing error could cause the vehicles to crash.
Nissan has plans of notifying the affected owners of the Altimas, starting May 3. Those customers are supposed to bring their vehicles to a Nissan dealership to be inspected for no fee.
The dealer who reported the faulty tire issue said that a spare tire being stored in a vehicle had deflated too quickly. An investigation showed that the pressure regulator on a machine used to inflate the spare tires had malfunctioned.
The recall of the airbags was issued earlier this year, and 2013 models of the Infiniti JX35, Sentra, LEAF and Pathfinder were the affected vehicles. This airbag defect is separate from a prior one that led to a worldwide recall of 500,000 automobiles.
Manufacturers of all kinds, including auto manufacturers, have an obligation to ensure that their products are reasonably safe for consumers. Not every product defect is noticed and recalled, however, and Bozeman residents with product liability concerns would do well to apprise themselves of their legal options.
Source: World News Resource, "Nissan: More Altimas Recalled Over Defective Spare Tire Issues," Frank Little, April 29, 2013