Within the last few weeks, a slew of safety recalls has been announced by several auto manufacturers. As consumers, it’s essential to keep up with the latest car and truck safety issues, especially if the recall campaign affects the make and model of your vehicle. If a safety recall impacts your car, you should expect to receive a letter that notifies you of the defect and informs you of when the replacement part or repair will be available. Contact your local dealership to schedule a time to obtain the recommended recall repair (which should be provided to you free of charge). Should any trouble arise that prevents you from securing the necessary repair, or if the manufacturer refuses to acknowledge a recurring defect in your vehicle, reach out to an experienced and friendly Bay Area lemon law attorney to discuss your options. In the meantime, read up on the latest auto recalls below.
Nissan Announces Recall Over Airbag Emblem Defect
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently determined that some Nissan models contain airbag emblems that can easily detach, potentially becoming projectiles and injuring injuries when the airbag deploys. The affected vehicles include the 2008-2011 Nissan Titan, Frontier, Xterra, Pathfinder, and Armada and the 2008-2009 Nissan Quest. An estimated 404,690 vehicles are impacted by this recall. Customers who drive these vehicles can expect a formal recall notice in the coming weeks that contain information about when and where to obtain the replacement part. For now, those who own or lease these vehicles should exercise additional caution behind the wheel to minimize the chances of detachment and additional injury in the event of an airbag deployment.
Range Rover Fire Risk Recall
The NHTSA recently announced a safety recall launched by Jaguar Land Rover. The document states, “A concern has been identified on certain 2023 Model Year 3.0L Aj20-P6 Jaguar F-Pace vehicles where in a small number of engines the cam carrier oil gallery hasn’t been fully drilled. As a result, the oil channel could be blocked, leading to accumulation of oil against the pressure control valve rubber membrane, and subsequently an external oil leak or increased oil carryover into the air intake system.” This issue may lead to an increased risk of an engine fire. Affected owners will be notified soon and instructed to take their vehicles to the local Jaguar Land Rover dealership to obtain the recommended repair at no cost.
Volkswagen EV Power Loss Recall
Volkswagen Group of America recently launched a safety recall impacting approximately 204,900 vehicles. In a document released by the NHTSA, the issue pertained to a defective high voltage (HV) battery management control module that may reset or deactivate the pulse inverter while driving. Should the issue occur, the electric motor may fail to receive power during the duration of the reset. In some cases, the pulse inverter may deactivate, causing a loss of propulsion without warning and increasing the risk of collision. Those who own or lease a 2021 Volkswagen ID4 will be notified by mail soon, informing them what steps to take to resolve this issue.
Kia Announces Airbag Safety Recall
The NHTSA released a report announcing a safety recall affecting 31,943 Kia vehicles. Those who own or lease a 2023 Kia Telluride can expect official notification of a defective side airbag wire harness that may prevent the side airbags from deploying in the event of a crash. According to the document, “The side airbag wire harness contained in the second-row seat cushion assembly was manufactured by the supplier with the incorrect length. As a result, the wire harness can become damaged if it contacts the seat frame when the seat is folded or adjusted. If the wire harness is damaged, the second-row seat side airbags may not deploy in a crash sufficient to warrant such a deployment, thereby increasing the risk of injury.” Impacted customers can take their vehicles to their local Kia dealer for inspection. If damage is found, the technicians will replace the wiring harnesses. Even if no damage is found, the technicians will tighten and secure the existing wiring harnesses to prevent future damage.
Contact a Skilled Berkeley Lemon Law Attorney Today
Automakers and dealerships have legal responsibilities to protect consumers from defective products. If your car or truck has experienced a recurring safety issue and the manufacturer has refused to acknowledge your concerns, reach out to a trusted and caring lemon law attorney to discuss your situation. Your lawyer will work with you to determine whether you’re entitled to a replacement vehicle or refund and if so, they will guide you through every step of the process to help you achieve this goal.
Reach out to Lemon Law Partners, LLP, today at (510) 944-0336 to schedule a free case evaluation with a dedicated and trusted Berkeley attorney.