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NHTSA Announces Safety Recalls Affecting Nearly 875,000 Vehicles and Three Auto Manufacturers

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In its continued mission to improve safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced a safety recall affecting thousands of Mazda, Nissan and Toyota vehicles.

The Mazda6 recall affects over $160,000 model years 2009 – 2013 vehicles.  If all three door latch mounting screws become excessively loose, the door latch mechanism would not engage and the door might open while the vehicle is in motion increasing the risk of accident or injury.  Mazda traced the problem to improper tightening at the factory or uneven door surfaces. The recall is expected to begin by October 18, 2013. In the meantime, owners with questions or concerns may contact Mazda at 1-800-222-5500, contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236, or go to http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchVehicles.

The Nissan recall affects certain 2006-2010 model year Infiniti M35/M45 vehicles. This recall is due to a pedal sensor defect.  Throttle valve deposits could cause the sensors to deteriorate sending incorrect signals to the engine. When this occurs, the engine may stall as the vehicle is comes to a stop or idling, increasing the risk of an accident.  Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the accelerator pedal assembly and reprogram the engine control module, at no charge. The recall is expected to begin in early November 2013. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261, the NHTSA Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

The Toyota recall is a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 615,000 Sienna minivans, model years 2004-2005 and 2007-2009.  If the shift lever is moved out of the Park position without the brake applied, the transmission will either engage a drive gear or Neutral, increasing the risk of a back-over or roll-away accident.  Dealers will replace the shift lock solenoid free of charge. Toyota will mail interim notifications to owners beginning in late October 2013. When parts become available, a second notice will be sent.  Owners may contact Toyota at 1-800-331-4331, the NHTSA Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

All three automakers said they would notify vehicle owners; no accidents or injuries have been reported.

As a safety measure, Lawsuit Financial encourages all vehicle to periodically check the NHTSA website for vehicle recalls and to register for an email notification if a recall is ever issued while you own the vehicle.

Mark Bello has thirty-six years experience as a trial lawyer and fourteen years as an underwriter and situational analyst in the lawsuit funding industry. He is the owner and founder of Lawsuit Financial Corporation which helps provide cash flow solutions and consulting when necessities of life litigation funding is needed by a plaintiff involved in pending, personal injury, litigation. Bello is a Justice Pac member of the American Association for Justice, Sustaining and Justice Pac member of the Michigan Association for Justice, Member of Public Justice, Public Citizen, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and the Injury Board.