Nissan has issued a vehicle defect recall for about 13,919 of its 2012-2013 Altima sedans because they may have been equipped with incorrectly torqued transverse link bolts and power steering rack bolts. According to an article in Consumer Reports, the bolts could become loose and fall out leading to loss of vehicle control and increasing the risk of a car crash. This recall involves Nissan Altima vehicles made between May 10 and July 26, 2012. When the recall begins at the end of the month, Nissan will notify owners and dealers will tighten the bolts to the proper torque specifications at no charge to car owners.

Based on this report, it appears that the bolts were not torqued correctly. This defect could cause the vehicle to go out of control, posing a serious danger to its occupants and other road users. When there is loss of steering control, it may become difficult even for an experienced driver to regain control of the vehicle.

Vehicle Defects

Auto manufacturers have a responsibility to produce vehicles that are safe for consumers. Defects in automobiles may occur during the design or manufacturing process. Any type of defect, regardless of which stage it occurs in, can be devastating for the vehicle’s occupants. Injuries that may be suffered in accidents caused by defective autos include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, broken bones and internal injuries.

Auto Product Liability Issues

In such cases, it would be a good idea for injured victims or families of deceased victims to preserve the vehicle in its current condition so an expert can thoroughly examine the vehicle for evidence of defects, malfunctions or design flaws. Once the vehicle is disposed, it may be very difficult to prove the cause, fault or liability. The vehicle is the most important piece of evidence in an auto defect case.

Injured victims can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, loss of wages, cost of hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking damages including medical and funeral costs, lost future income, and loss of love and companionship. Victims or their families would be well advised to contact an experienced auto product liability lawyer who will help protect their legal rights and options.