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Nissan to recall 45,000 Leafs due to braking malfunction

While the popularity of cars with accident avoidance technologies continues to grow, the number of electric or “zero-emission” vehicles has grown as well. Arguably the most popular of these vehicles is the Nissan Leaf, which is touted as being the first, and most advanced of zero emission cars.

Given Nissan’s notoriety for producing fuel efficient cars, having the Leaf as a market leader certainly helps Nissan’s brand. However, a recent recall could threaten its reputation for safety. 

A recent CBS News.com report highlighted a recall where more than 45,000 Leafs sold across the United States and Canada would be returned to dealers so that a problem with the vehicle’s braking system could be corrected. Essentially, federal safety regulators found that very cold temperatures could cause the car’s relay’s to fail, which could cause problems with its power brakes.

If the relays malfunction, the brakes would require much more effort from the driver to engage them, which could lead to an accident.

Auto manufacturers have a legal duty to address defects that put drivers and passengers in harms way in a reasonable manner. This means that they have to take affirmative steps to notify consumers of a dangerous defect and promptly correct them. If they fail to do so, and the defect is found to be the proximate cause of an accident, the manufacturer could be held liable.

For now, Nissan reports that no one has been injured due to the defect, and the company pledges to honor owners’ requests to repair their vehicles.

If you have been injured because of a defect in your vehicle, an experienced personal injury attorney can help. 

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