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Nissan NV200s recalled due to manufacturing defect

Nissan owners in Ohio should be aware that Nissan North America is recalling its 2013 NV200s. The recalled vehicles were manufactured between February 6, 2013 and August 2, 2013. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that at least 2,529 vehicles are affected. The recall is expected to begin in mid-December.

A manufacturing flaw causes the Nissan NV200s to have the potential to short circuit and blow the battery terminal fuse. For drivers, this means that the engine may cease to run, even when the vehicle is in motion, increasing the likelihood of a crash.

The wiring harness is the source of the problem. The NHTSA found that the routing of fusible links in the battery fuse terminal in the NV200 may cause the wiring harness to wear through the protective covering. This defect would allow the wires to touch the bracket holding the fusible links. Should the bracket and the wires make contact with each other, the battery terminal can blow due to a short circuit. The blown fuse will stop the vehicle's fuel pump, which in turn can cause the engine to stall.

Nissan reports no injuries or accidents related to the recall at this time. Dealers have been instructed on how to repair the problem.

Vehicular crashes account for the majority of automotive lawsuits in the United States. Automobile design defects can cause devastating injuries or even death. Drivers and passengers who are injured as a result of defective product design may be eligible to file a lawsuit against the automaker. In the case of an accident due to a defect, a lawyer who deals in product liability may assist victims in receiving compensation for suffering and to repair or replace a defective vehicle.

Source: Auto World News, "Nissan Recall: 2,500 2013 NV200 Vehicles Called Back Over Stalling Issues", Matt Mercuro, December 02, 2013

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