Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Nissan Murano SUVs Recalled For Crash Potential

Recently, Nissan and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration posted a notice about recalling 362,891 Murano SUVs from model year 2003 to 2007 due to a potential problem with their air-duct intakes that can lead to a crash.

According to the report, “The intake air ducts, which are connected to the intermediate resonator in the air intake system of the engine, may separate from the resonator with engine movement. This separation occurs due to the premature aging of the material used in the intake air ducts which causes excessive shrinking.” This would cause the engine to stall and increase the chances of a car crash accident.

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of unintended deaths in the United States. While auto accidents do happen because of driver error or negligence, auto manufacturers are equally responsible for ensuring vehicle and car occupant safety.

It’s a relief that car manufacturers like Nissan really exert a lot of effort to protect consumers against possible product liability. A single defective car part can have an immense effect, not just on the life of its consumer but of the public as well. A Murano SUV stalling could be the root of a multiple vehicle car crash on the freeway.

Nissan has advised owners to wait until they receive notice before bringing in their vehicles since recall information may not be updated at dealerships. Letters regarding the recall will be sent to owners starting the first week of July. The Nissan recall hot line is 800-647-7261.