Virginia residents who own 2013 Nissan minivans may be interested to learn that one model is being recalled by the Japanese manufacturer. The recall of 2,529 vehicles is due to a problem with the battery terminal fuse.
The model being recalled is the NV200s, and affected vehicles were produced between Feb. 6, 2013, and Aug. 2, 2013, says the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Because of the way the wiring harness was routed, it could wear through the covering. If it touches the bracket that holds the fuse after the covering has been removed, a short circuit may occur, which would blow the battery fuse, the federal agency said. The agency added if the fuse blows while the vehicle is being driven, the engine could stop running because the fuel pump would shut down, which would lead to an increased chance that the vehicle may become involved in an accident.
Nissan said no injuries or accidents have been reported because of this product defect, and the company plans to start recalling the NV200s in mid-December. Dealers will reposition the wiring harness and add another protective coating.
Even though there have been no reports of an injury related to the defective product, individuals who become involved in accidents before the vehicle is serviced for the recall may be able to pursue compensation for any damages caused by the crash from the automaker by filing a personal injury lawsuit. A lawyer who works with the injured victims may be able to help them file the claim in civil court and might advise them throughout the process.
Source: Auto World News, “Nissan recall: 2,500 2013 NV200 vehicles called back over stalling issues“, Matt Mercuro, December 02, 2013