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When you purchase a vehicle, safety is a big component of the package. You are purchasing something that will get you from point A to point B, but it is also something that should be designed safely in the event of an accident. In Georgia, many people use their cars every day to travel, get to work or pick up loved ones. A safe vehicle is a key part of that journey. If a manufacturer or dealer sells you a defective product that leads to an accident, they could be liable for damages.

Nissan is recalling nearly 990,000 vehicles because the vehicles may have passenger air bags that will not inflate during an accident. The recall involves newer cars made in 2013 and 2014. The company said that the vehicles’ software may not be able to detect a passenger sitting in the passenger seat and would not release the airbags, if the vehicle got involved in a crash. The recall is anticipated to begin in the middle of April.

Many vehicle drivers count on airbags for safety in the event of a crash. If an airbag does not deploy, a manufacturer may be at fault. A simple product defect, like a malfunctioning software system, can have catastrophic impacts. Liability law in Georgia can be complicated, but it can help you get the compensation you deserve if you or a loved one is hurt.

Safety should be the most important factor when designing vehicles that travel on the road. Manufacturers, dealers and suppliers have a responsibility to build and sell vehicles that do not have defects. A car that is not safe on the roads is a dangerous product. Companies will issue recalls for some defective products, but it is important to be vigilant about the products you use everyday.

Source: The Record, “Nissan recalls nearly 990K vehicles for air bags,” Mar. 26, 2014