Some car accidents are the result of a negligent driver, while others occur when a vehicle is defective in some way, shape, or form.
This year has been a bad one for the automotive industry, with many automakers issuing recalls related to defective parts. Nissan is joining the crowd, recently announcing the recall of many 2014 Leaf electric vehicles.
This recall is related to a potentially defective front structural member assembly. The recall report notes that the front structural member assembly on affected cars may not have all the right welds, which could impact its structural integrity in the event of an accident. As a result, the chance of injury is much greater.
According to Nissan, the vehicles potentially affected by the recall were manufactured between February 28, 2014, and March 12, 2014. At this time, the company is recalling 211 vehicles with plans to notify owners as well as dealers. Any car affected by the recall will be repaired by a Nissan dealer, with no cost to the owner.
This is not the first bit of bad news for the Nissan Leaf, as earlier in the year the company recalled approximately 29,000 vehicles with defective airbag sensor software.
At this time, no car accidents have been reported as being related to this part, however, this could change in the future.
When somebody purchases a car, regardless of the make or model, they expect it to be 100 percent safe. In the case of the Nissan Leaf, a defective part could lead to a greater risk of injury in an accident.
Source: Green Car Reports, “2014 Nissan Leaf Recall: If Welds Missing, Car Will Be Replaced” Antony Ingram, May. 19, 2014