As General Motors Recalls 1.3 Million Vehicles, Nissan Recalls 540,000 Pickup Trucks and Minivans and Mazda Recalls 12,300 SUVs

It’s only Wednesday, and already three major auto manufacturers have announced recalls of their vehicles due to possible vehicle defects. Our auto products liability lawyers will continue to monitor these problems, and we ask that you contact us immediately for a free consultation if you believe that you or someone you love sustained injuries related to these issues.
On Monday, General Motors announced that it is recalling 1.3 million Pontiac and Chevrolet compact cars in the United States, Mexico, and Canada because the vehicles’ power steering motors might fail. Vehicles involved in the GM recall include:

  • Chevrolet Cobalts, 2005 – 2010 models
  • Pontiac Pursuit, 2005 and 2006 models
  • Pontiac G5s, 2007 – 2010 models
  • Pontiac G4′s, 2005 and 2006 models

General Motors says that although the problem is not making the vehicles less safe to drive, they can be harder to steer when the car is moving at speeds lower than 15 mph. Because the condition doesn’t usually develop until after the vehicle has been driven for 20,000 to 30,000 miles, older models will be repaired first.
On Tuesday, Nissan announced the global recall of 540,000 sport utility vehicles, minivans, and pickup trucks so that inaccurate fuel gauges and faulty brake pedal pins can be repaired. The recall over the brake pedal pins comes following three reports that braking ability was impended when these devices became partially disengaged. The 179,000 vehicles affected in the US include (2008 – 2010 models):

  • Quest
  • Titan
  • Infiniti
  • Armada

The automaker is recalling another 419,000 Nissan vehicles over an unrelated fuel-gauge problem that can result in inaccurate fuel readings. For example, the gas tank may be empty even though the gauge shows that the tank still contains gas. Autos affected include the (2005 – 2008 models):

  • Titan
  • Infiniti QX53
  • Armada

Also recalled by Nissan (these vehicles were made between Jan- March 2006 and October 2007 – January 2008):

  • Frontiers
  • Xterras
  • Pathfinders

Last, but not least, today Mazda announced that it is recalling 12,300 CX-9 crossover SUV’s because of the possibility that their electronically heated seats might overheat. This defect may damage the seat surface, drain the car battery, or cause a fire.
This Mazda recall really burns my …, CNN, March 3, 2010
Nissan recall: Steps to take if your car is on the list, The Christian Science Monitor, March 3, 2010
GM Recalls 1.3 Million Cars: What’s Behind All These Vehicle Recalls?, Daily Finance, March 2, 2010
GM to recall 1.3 million compacts for steering problem, Washington Post, March 1, 2010
Related Web Resources:
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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