Nissan is a name that is synonymous to automobiles worldwide. The Japanese automaker has established itself as a market leader in the commercial vehicles realm and it sells more cars in a year than most other brands put together. Having a century old history attached to its brand name it came as a surprise when the Nissan Motor Corporation was listed among 14 car manufacturers that were compelled to issue a recall for faulty airbags as concerns rose that the devices had the potential to ‘detonate’. The recall which was seen as the recall of the decade also involved numerous other automobile brands which included BMW, Toyota and Ferrari involving approximately 10million vehicles. Motorists that were affected by the error were promptly communicated by Nissan in February this year along with an invitation for the issue to be rectified.
The rectification mainly involved replacing the airbag inflators at the front passenger seat as there were serious concerns with regards to the degradation of a propellant which could detonate without warning. The report released by Nissan clearly indicated that long-term exposure to high temperatures would result in the inflator exploding in the cockpit which could take place whilst the car is in motion and in the even that there were passengers in the vehicle could ultimately lead to serious injury or even death.
Nissan also indicated that they would be recalling approximately 400,000 vehicles in the U.S due to an issue with the braking system. The defect according to a spokesperson could result in a fire whilst the vehicle is in motion. Additionally, vehicle owners were also advised to park their cars in open spaces and away from structures in the event that the anti-lock brake system warning light lit up for more than 10 seconds. Owners of all affected vehicles are advised to return their vehicles to the dealership for repair and not rely upon Nissan workshop manuals or local mechanics to rectify the situation.
The reason spat of recalls involving well-known brand names is a cause for concern as it seems, automotive manufacturers keep dropping the ball involving safety issues. This time around the issue mainly revolved around a specific pump seal that according to engineers could wear down more quickly than it was supposed to an cause brake fluid to leak which could potentially cause an electrical short circuit involving the actuator circuit which could potentially ignite a fire.
Nissan has risen to the ‘recall occasion’ this decade in numerous ways if one was to look back at the number of recalls that involve Nissan vehicles in just the past five years. From the Nissan Murano SUV being recalled involving Muranos that were manufactured between 2015 and 2018 to the Maxima sedans that were manufactured between 2016 and 2018 and the Infiniti manufactured between 2017 and 2019, the numbers are undoubtedly alarming.
However, this issue (of recalls) is not just affecting Nissan, but many other automakers as well as mentioned earlier. Many are pointing to the ‘raising of the bar’ in relation to safety standards, whilst others point towards pure negligence. Taking a step back, negligence could certainly be ruled out as the automaker would not risk its brand and reputation because it got lazy. Looking at the situation logically, the automaker did come clean about the defects prior to any complaints indicating that the automaker is still pretty much hands-on.