Nissan recalls 143,000 motor vehicles

2 major automobile makers, Nissan and Infiniti, to issue geographic recall for possible tire pressure monitor defect.

New York product liability lawyers-Nissan North America Inc alerts recall for defective tire pressure monitoring system.

New York, NY–New York product liability lawyers question safety and efficacy of geographic recalls after Nissan and Infiniti announced the risk of a possible tire pressure monitor defect after the road tires were exposed to salt in cold weather states.

As reported by Modern Tire Dealer, Nissan North America Inc., discovered a product defect involving the tire nut used to secure the motor vehicles’ tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) may corrode and potentially crack when exposed to road salt. The recall involves 2008-2010 Infiniti M35 and M45, 2009 Nissan Cube, 2009 Nissan Murano, 2008 Nissan Rogue.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) asserts a cracked nut may allow the TPMS sensor to fall out eliminating the tire monitor light in the car, an important safety feature drivers’ rely on. The TPMS light alerts the driver of problem with the tire’s pressure. When tires, with decreasing tire pressure, continue to be driven a serious safety hazard occurs. When tires continue to lose air pressure, they become flat which can cause an automobile accident. Low pressure tires also cause numerous other safety issues while drivers are operating the motor vehicle like overall vehicle instability which can decrease tire traction and wheel alignment, that can also lead to crashes especially in inclement weather.

The recall which is expected to start on November 9 and only covers autos in the following states; Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and the District of Columbia. Consumer advocacy groups and New York product liability attorneys state a geographic recall only requires automobile makers to repair motor vehicles in the states where the problem will occur, like the cold weather states listed above. This places consumers who live in Florida but drive to a state like New York at a serious disadvantage. Since Florida does not have a snow problem, it is assumed drivers would not encounter road salt. However, once a driver leaves Florida and crosses into D.C. or West Virginia they are at risk.

New York product liability alerts by legal news reporter Heather L. Ryan.

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