Nissan is issuing an auto defect recall for 18,880 NV commercial vans to repair shifter cables that could cause the transmission to not engage park. According to an MSN news report, certain 2012-13 NV models have a shifter mounted on the steering-wheel column that is susceptible to road vibrations and could knock the shifter cable out of position. The NV is a new high-top commercial van that was introduced in 2011.

Two Vehicle Recalls

Nissan filed a document with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) stating that a lock clip was installed incorrectly on certain vehicles. As a result, the shifter may not match the selected gear making a rollaway possible. The Japanese automaker said it discovered the problem through a warranty claim in December and that no injuries or related accidents have been reported. When the recall begins on April 8, Nissan dealers will inspect and reposition the faulty clip.

In another campaign Chevrolet is recalling its 48 Express CNGs, vans converted to run on compressed natural gas. A vent pipe, which normally expels excess gas pressure to the outside air could instead expel the gas into the passenger compartment posing a fire hazard. Only 2011 models equipped with four CNG tanks are included in this recall. Impco Automotive, the company that retrofits GM’s vans to run on CNG, will fix the pressure-relief device and vent pipe at the end of March when the recall begins.

Auto Product Liability Issues

Both these vehicle recalls involve dangerous defects that could cause catastrophic injuries or even death. If you have been injured in a car accident involving a recalled vehicle, please preserve the vehicle in its current crashed condition unaltered so it can be thoroughly examined for vehicle defects, malfunctions, design defects and other evidence.

Injured victims can seek compensation from the manufacturer of the defective auto by filing a product liability claim. Victims or their families would be well advised to contact an experienced auto product defect lawyer, who will analyze all aspects of the case and ensure that their legal rights are protected. The best auto defect law firms will always offer a free initial consultation and comprehensive case evaluation to injured victims and their families.