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Nissan Recalls 3.5 Million Vehicles for Defective Airbags

Nissan North America, Inc. is recalling 3.5 million vehicles due to problems with the software used to determine when to deploy the front passenger air bag, according to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Friday. In a safety recall notice submitted to the NHTSA, the company said software in nearly 3.2 million vehicles failed to correctly note when an adult sat in the front seat, either classifying the person as a child or as not sitting in the seat at all. The defect keeps the passenger air bag from deploying in the case of an accident. So far, Nissan has reported three injuries related to this defect, but no fatalities. The new recall includes vehicles from the 2013-2017 model years, including but not limited to:

  • Leaf
  • Murano
  • Nissan Altima
  • Sentra
  • NV200
  • Rogue
  • Infiniti JX35/QX60, and Q50

The automaker has said it is in the process of developing its remedy plan and will begin notifying dealers in late May. The recall includes 3.1 million vehicles in the U.S. and about 320,000 vehicles outside of the U.S. Nissan said it will either reprogram or replace the sensor, which is located in  the seat frame. Customers affected by the recall will receive initial notification letters that will be followed by another letter when a remedy is available in their area.

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Car accident? Don’t panic! Increase your chances of winning a claim with these tips

Auto accidents are one of the most common reasons for the death and injuries of Americans. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there have been 2,791 fatalities caused by traffic accidents in 2011. This means a 71-fatality increase from 2010. While this may be a relatively low increase, a car accident lawyer points out that this is the first time that there is an increase in vehicle crash fatalities recorded since 2007.

More than the loss of lives, automotive crashes have caused millions of dollars of damage to property. This is why a California auto accident lawyer wants to remind everyone that anybody can file a personal injury claim after falling victim for such mishaps. However, to successfully win your claims you have to present enough and strong pieces of evidence to back up your claim when you file for one. But how do you prepare for the filing of your complaint?

To increase your chances of winning your claim, your first actions after the accident happened will be critical. So how can you ensure your victory should you file a claim?

  • Call the police immediately.
  • Get immediate treatment for your injuries.
  • Give accurate and complete information about the accident to the authorities. 
  • Get the names and contact details of the other party.
  • Talk to your insurance agent.

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How to Avoid a Car Accident

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1 Before you start the engine, make sure the warning lights are off, such as the gas line, engine coolant, and engine light. And then check and make sure the tires lines and air are good enough. These are the simple ways to check that your car has no problem for driving.

2. Avoid the “fast lane”. By using the center or right lane on multilane roads, you have more “escape routes” should a problem suddenly arise that requires you to quickly change lanes or pull onto the shoulder. Most highway accidents occur in the left lane. Furthermore, you are more conspicuous to highway patrol if you are in the “fast lane.”

3. Check blind spots before you change lanes. There’s always random side-streets and parking areas where people can just pull out without you noticing. Checking your blind spots before you move in the next lane always helps avoids side-swiping accidents.Keep your eyes scanning the area ahead. Don’t just eyeball the car in front of you but watch the traffic in front of that car as well. This increases your chance of seeing a problem while still having enough time to react to it, and decreases your chance of rear-ending the vehicle in front of you should they make a sudden stop.

4. Drive with your hands in the 9 and 3 o’clock position. Instead of the lazy, typical way people drive with one hand at 12 o’clock or both hands resting at the bottom of the steering wheel, this recommended position facilitates maximum vehicle control when you’re forced into quick maneuvering to avoid a potential car accident.

5. Use the signal lights before you change lanes. When you use the signal lights, you are also warning everyone that you want to change your lanes. They will slow down or stop the car until you pass the road.

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