Recalls and death…so goes the auto industry lately. And here’s another recall – ok, a recall and an investigation into a previous recall. Oh, and another recall. I’ll start with the recall.
298,747 2012-15 Nissan Versa and Versa Notes are being recalled for unintentional acceleration – a recall Nissan resisted until they were forced to by the NHTSA. Check that out! The NHTSA being tougher on automakers! It’s about time!
According to Detroit News, Nissan says the right edge of the driver’s shoe could get stuck on the left side kick panel of the center console. That causes the driver’s foot to stay pressed on the gas pedal.
The NHTSA investigation is much larger, spanning over multiple vehicles. Initially, Nissan issued a recall in March 2014 over the electronic software monitoring the air bag system. 989,000 vehicles were recalled for the system misreading an adult of the proper weight [to activate airbag]. Basically, the passenger air bag wouldn’t turn on when it was supposed to. The vehicles affected by the initial recall, and now the new investigation, are: 2013-14 Nissan Altima, Pathfinder, Sentra, and LEAF; 2013 Infiniti JX35; 2014 Infiniti QX60 and QX50; and 2013 Nissan NV 200/taxi vehicles.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received almost 1,300 complaints over how the recall was carried out. The NHTSA first opened an investigation in March, after 124 complaints were filed saying there were still problems with the air bag system after the recall repairs or other related repairs. Nissan added they received 1,121 complaints and field reports. NHTSA says it has now received 208 complaints, totaling 1,271 unique reports, to date.
Oh, and Nissan said Friday, they’re recalling nearly 2,000 2015 Armadas because they may have been built with seat belt assemblies, on the driver or front passenger side, that may not latch properly or may not unlatch when the release button is pressed.
Nissan clearly isn’t learning from Chevy or Chrysler’s mistakes…