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270,000 Vehicles Recalled for Faulty Ignition Button

International carmaker Nissan announced recently that it will be recalling nearly 270,000 vehicles from model years 2013 and 2014 because of faulty ignition start buttons that can malfunction and cause the engine of the car to shut off without warning. The car company says that the start buttons can become stuck when exposed to hot temperatures, and that subsequent simple vibrations from the roadway can cause switches in the car to turn off the engine without the driver’s input.

The recall includes the company’s popular Versa sedan, as well as their Cube and Juke vehicles. Documents that Nissan submitted to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that it received warranty claims where customers’ engines shut off while their cars were moving. Thankfully, the carmaker says it has not received any claims of crashes or injuries caused by the faulty ignition start buttons.

Injuries from Dangerous and Defective Products

The law protects you in the event of an injury caused by a dangerous or defective product, as well as in situations where a company fails to warn you of potential dangers from the use of their product. You have the right to assume that the automobile, washing machine, power tool, or even children’s toy that you purchase is safe, and that the manufacturer will warn you if using the product is potentially dangerous.

However, each year, dangerous and defective products injure millions of people. Tennessee law allows individuals injured by certain dangerous and defective products to bring suit against the company that produced or designed it. You may even be able to pursue damages against the company that sold you the product that caused your injury.

To succeed on a products liability claim, an injured party has to show that the product that caused his or her injury was “unreasonably dangerous” or in a “defective condition” when the product left the manufacturer. To establish that a product was “unreasonably dangerous,” you must show that it was either more dangerous than an ordinary consumer would expect, or that a reasonably prudent manufacturer would not put such a dangerous product on the market if they knew about the danger. To show that the product was in a “defective condition,” you must show that the product left the manufacturer’s hands in such a condition that it was unsafe for normal handling or consumption.

Contact a Nashville Attorney Today

Don’t wait to contact an attorney if you have been injured by a dangerous or defective product. Tennessee Code section 29-28-103 limits the amount of time you have to bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer or seller of a product that causes injury by its defective or unreasonably dangerous condition.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury caused by a dangerous or defective product in Nashville, contact the experienced attorneys at Calhoun Law, PLC today for a free and confidential consultation. We understand the complexities of product liability claims and have the experience needed to investigate, negotiate, and litigate in pursuit of just compensation for your injuries against all responsible parties.

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