Auto accidents happen in Venice and surrounding areas for different reasons. Often, when two cars collide, it is because one of the drivers is negligent in some way or form. Negligence comes in various shapes, but common types include:

  • • Speeding
  • • Drowsy driving
  • • Driving under the influence
  • • Failing to yield the right of way
  • • Distracted driving

When this happens, the liable party’s insurance typically picks up the tab for property damages and medical expenses. However, sometimes, the payout isn’t enough to cover everything, the insurer denies the claim, or the person responsible for the crash doesn’t have insurance. In such instances, victims often hire attorneys to seek the compensation they so rightfully deserve.

But what if another person isn’t to blame? For example, what if your car itself has a manufacturing defect, which, in turn, is why you’re severely hurt?Manufacturers and sellers are liable for the harm that their products cause. A legal concept known as manufacturer’s liability makes sure of it. We’ll get to what firm you should call for assistance in a little bit, but first, let’s discuss a potential issue that could cause you grief on the road in Venice Florida.

2013-2016 Nissan Pathfinder SUVs – Hood Release Problem

It has been brought to our attention that there could be 322,671 dangerous vehicles on the streets. Sure, they likely aren’t all located right here in Venice, but that’s a large amount, so there’s a good chance some of them might be nearby. The cars in question are 2013 to 2016 Nissan Pathfinder SUVs. These models have two hood latching mechanisms.

One, the driver must manually pull a lever in the cab to release the hood. Then, there is a secondary safety latch under the front of the hood. It must be manually released as well. However, according to reports, dirt and debris can build up inside the secondary device, causing it to jam in the open position. Most of the time, the hood will remain closed securely, but if a driver happens to hit the lever inside the cab, the hood will fly open.

That might not sound like a very big deal, but it can be. Can you even imagine driving down the freeway doing 55 to 75 miles per hour, and the hood flies up? Your vision would be obstructed, and an accident could quickly enter the picture. So, if you’re the proud owner of a 2013 to 2016 Pathfinder, it’s in your best interest to park it for now. Contact a local dealership to learn how the manufacturer plans to rectify the situation and take it from there.



Some Final Thoughts

Have you been seriously injured by a defective product? Was it a defective latch or something else? Whatever the case, you might have the grounds to seek fair compensation for your damages. If you’d like to see if you have a legitimate injury claim in Venice, don’t hesitate to schedule a free evaluation with a personal injury attorney from Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, Murphy & Walsh. They will be more than happy to help you determine where to go from here.