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Nissan's Pathfinder Faces Yet Another Recall Due to an Auto Defect

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Thousands of Nissan’s newest Pathfinders have been recalled due to airbag problems. The recalled vehicles include Nissan 2014 Pathfinders with almond interiors built from July 25, 2013 to September 5, 2013 because they may have an instrument panel tear seam that wasn't cut properly before it was installed. As a result of the defect, the front passenger airbag may not properly deploy in the event of a crash.

Owners will be notified in November if their vehicle is affected by the recall. Owners may also contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 with any concerns or questions.

This latest recall comes on the heels of several other Pathfinder recalls. In October, Nissan and its Infiniti luxury division recalled nearly 152,000 crossovers, including the 2013 and 2014 Nissan Pathfinder, the 2013 Infiniti JX35, and the 2014 Infiniti QX60, to fix an issue with the anti-lock braking system. The recall was spurred because the vehicles’ ABS software system was found to have an electrical glitch that could cause “increased stopping distances” during light braking on rough or uneven roads.

Though no accidents or injuries had been reported at the time of the recall, “the increased stopping distance [could] increase the risk of a crash,” the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a statement.

Additionally, in September, the NHTSA opened a preliminary investigation into reports of transmission failure on the Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti JX, and two recalls earlier in 2013 involved problems with the vehicles’ airbag sensors and with a mechanical component of the braking system.

Auto recalls should not be taken lightly since auto defects – even seemingly minor defects – can result in auto accidents, serious injuries and damages, and deaths. For instance, auto defects can cause:

  • Automobile rollovers/stability defects

  • Inability to stop

  • Unintended acceleration

  • Tire blowouts

  • Roof collapse

  • Seat back collapse

  • Glass breakage

  • Airbag failure

  • Seatbelt failure

  • Door latch failure

  • Gasoline fire

The Chicago auto accident attorneys at Steinberg, Goodman & Kalish are committed to protecting the rights of auto accident victims, including those who are injured as a result of an auto defect. If you have suffered injuries or damages as a result of a defective vehicle, do not hesitate to contact one of our skilled Chicago and product liability attorneys at (312) 782-1386 if you would like more information on recalled vehicles or auto defects.

Steinberg Goodman & Kalish  (www.sgklawyers.com) is dedicated to protecting victims and their families.  We handle medical malpractice, product liability, personal injury, wrongful death, auto accidents, professional negligence, birth trauma, and railroad law matters. Contact us at (800) 784-0150 or (312) 782-1386.