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4 Vehicle Recalls Issued in First Week of May 2017

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released information on recalls affecting four different vehicles this week: the 2017 Buick LaCrosse, the 2017 Nissan Versa and Versa Note, the 2014 through 2017 Ram ProMaster, and the 2016 and 2017 Toyota Tacoma.

The Buick recall affects 11,246 vehicles whose rear suspension toe-links may have been installed incorrectly, increasing the risk that they will disconnect from the rear suspension, causing a loss of control and increasing the chances of a crash. Buick dealerships are expected to start inspecting and fixing recalled vehicles in June 2017.

The Nissan recall affects 509 Versa and Versa Note vehicles. Nissan North America reports that in these vehicles, the ring plate connecting the air bag cushion in the passenger air bag assembly could fail. If this happens, the passenger air bag may not inflate properly during an accident leading to additional injuries. Nissan has not begun notifying owners; however, owners can call Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261 for more information.

Chrysler has issued a recall of 113,896 Ram ProMaster vehicles in model years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. The vehicles’ sun visors, dashboard labels, and owner’s manual state that the vehicle has frontal advanced air bags, which it does not have. If owners act on this information, they may be seriously injured in an accident. Chrysler is expected to begin notifying owners and correcting the vehicle information on June 9, 2017.

Toyota is recalling 227,732 Tacoma vehicles in model years 2016 and 2017 due to an oil leak in the rear differential. The leak can cause the rear differential to seize, triggering loss of control of the vehicle and increasing the risk of a crash. Toyota is expected to begin notifying owners in June 2017. Dealerships will inspect recalled vehicles and repair or replace parts as needed, free of charge.

A hidden defect in a vehicle or other consumer product can cause serious injuries. If you’ve been injured by a defective item, our experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers can help. Contact our office today to schedule a confidential consultation.

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