Recalls for the end of November 2011 involved a mixed bag of car models, Lotus, General Motors, Nissan, and Ford. The manufacturing flaws that prompted the recalls included lighting system malfunctions, airbag failure, fuel leaks, and power windows, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
General Motors recalled 2012 Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana models due to potential duel stage airbag malfunctions. According to NHSTA, the bags do not inflate properly during serious front side impacts and increase the likelihood of injury in a crash. GM recalled 1,798 vans for this issue.
Nissan recalled Infiniti G37 and 370Z models from 2011 and 2012 as a result of power window function issues. An error in programming may result in a safety feature malfunction that can cause pinching injuries if body parts are caught in an automatically closing window. The recall involves 1,788 cars, according to NHSTA.
The smaller two recalls were for luxury sports car Lotus and America’s old standby, Ford. For Lotus, the company is calling back 52 specific models of its 2011 Elise due to a possible issue with turn signals. Lotus said the recalled cars were equipped with insufficient lighting systems that may result in a malfunctioning, erratic flashing of the signals when the hazard lights are engaged. The company also claimed the issue can result in problems with the cars’ outside lights.
For Ford, a problem was identified with leaks in substitute fuel tanks installed in some E Series full sized vans. For 2004 to 2008 model year vans, the tanks have a hole that may not be adequately sealed and could present a fire hazard in the event of a leak. Seventeen vans were part of this recall.
All vehicle recalls, big and small, can pose serious safety and damage ramifications, which must be properly addressed by the manufacturer. If you think your vehicle is a lemon, contact Southern California lemon law lawyer Howard D. Silver at (866) 49-LEMON for a free review of your situation.