Consumers often select brand-new cars produced by popular brands due to reliability concerns. Drivers don’t want a used car that breaks down on New Jersey roads because of worn parts. However, new models may present manufacturer defects and other troubles. The vaunted manufacturer Nissan recently issued a recall notice, and the problem might be a dangerous one.
Nissan’s steering troubles
The sporty-looking Nissan Sentra might be a dangerous vehicle to drive. Nissan issued a recall notice for more than 138,000 models because of steering problems. These 2020 and 2021 models present tie rod defects capable of steering control loss.
Losing control of a steering wheel presents a potentially catastrophic danger. Poor steering capabilities could make it harder to stay in a lane, avoid objects in the road, or otherwise safely operate the vehicle.
Nissan’s decision to issue a recall notice may lead many owners to fix the problem before causing any motor vehicle accidents. However, not everyone may know about the problem, so dangerous vehicles could be on the road.
Recalls and liability issues
Car accidents may lead to insurance claims or lawsuits. When accidents involve manufacturer defects, a class action suit could follow. Ultimately, someone hurt due to another’s negligence might find financial losses, pain, and suffering, and other problems lead them to seek compensation. With manufacturer defects, an injured party could file a lawsuit against a manufacturer. For example, someone who buys a vehicle with brake defects could sue the maker if an accident happens.
Also, a driver may face civil claims if he or she ignored recall notices and kept driving the vehicle. Driving a car with known defects could put others at risk, so the manufacturer may not be the only liable party.
An attorney could explain the legal requirements to prove negligence. The attorney may then start legal proceedings for a client interested in filing a personal injury claim.