Nissan North America is expected to begin a recall on the 2013 Nissan NV200s in mid-December in an effort to avoid potential crash injuries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, reports that more than 2,500 vehicles manufactured between Feb. 6 and Aug. 2 are affected.
Due to a manufacturing flaw, the Nissan NV200s have the potential to short circuit and cause the battery terminal fuse to blow. Ultimately, the defect may result in the engine ceasing function on the road, increasing the likelihood of a crash.
According to the NHTSA, the routing of fusible links in the battery fuse terminal may cause the wiring harness to wear through its protective covering. This flaw would allow the wires to touch the bracket holding the fusible links. Should these devices make contact with each other, the battery terminal fuse might blow due to a short circuit. The blown fuse will stop the vehicle's fuel pump, which in turn will cause the engine to stop running. If this were to happen while driving, the risk of becoming involved in car accidents is increased.
So far, Nissan reports that no injuries or accidents related to the defective product have occurred. However, similar defects in vehicles can cause devastating injuries or even death. In case of an accident that may have stemmed from a company's negligence during the manufacturing process, a lawyer who has experience in car accident litigation may be able to help those victims who are injured secure a settlement that compensates the clients for damages caused by the defective product.
Source: Auto World News, "Nissan Recall: 2,500 2013 NV200 Vehicles called back stalling issues", Matt Mercuro, December 02, 2013