It has been revealed by CBS that the all-electric Nissan Leaf car is experiencing problems with the relay found inside the car’s electronic brake booster. It has been found that the relay could fail when temperatures are very cold. This means that the car’s driver is forced to exert more effort when using the brakes, which increases the likelihood of an accident taking place.
Luckily for Nissan and the Leaf’s owners, no accidents or even injuries have yet been reported, so this time the auto defect has been detected before anyone has been injured. This is not the same with other car recalls in the last few years, where parts failures have resulted in serious accidents and injuries. It is expected that Nissan Leaf owners will be informed of the defect and will be contacted in the near future so that the correct repairs can be undertaken.
Nissan representatives have told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that fixing the malfunctioning brake is relatively simple. It means reprogramming the electronic brake booster’s computer so that in cold conditions the brake will act in the same way as in average temperatures.
Currently, this energy-efficient car, of which 200,000 have been sold globally, appears to have a bright future. It has scored numerous awards worldwide mainly for its zero dependence on fossil fuels and its potential speed, which has surprised many critics of electric cars. Of course, it’s no use having an environmentally friendly car if there are faults in the manufacturing process that cause accidents.
If you have purchased any type of car and you have been involved in an accident which was due to a design defect that you were not aware of you and you were seriously injured, you may be entitled to file a personal injury claim against the manufacturer.
When any product is sold on the open market, the manufacturer is required to ensure that it is safe to use and will not cause an accident or injury to anyone using it. That means testing all the components and parts under normal conditions likely to be encountered by the user.
If a product fails and causes serious injury, it is the responsibility of the manufacturer’s insurer to compensate the victims. This means paying financial compensation for medical expenses, loss of earnings while recovering from the injury and an amount for pain and suffering. If the manufacturer has shown unacceptable negligence, the victim may be able to submit a claim for punitive damages too.
However, no personal injury compensation claim is straightforward. If you live in the New York area, to ensure you get the financial compensation you deserve, you should contact Richard S. Jaffe Esq., who is an experienced personal injury attorney and will assess your situation through a free consultation.
He can be contacted for a free consultation at the Law Offices of Cohen & Jaffe LLP, 2001 Marcus Avenue, Suite W295, Lake Success, NY 11042. Phone: 516-358-6900 or toll free: 800-483-6149.