Nissan Recall and Consumer Confidence

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Today we learned of another recall, this time with Nissan and its Infiniti G35. The recall is due to a faulty airbag issue and affects 135,000 Coupes from 2005 to 2007 and sedans from 2005 to 2006. If the problem is not dealt with, then this could lead to someone being hurt.

We explained in a recent post that the faulty airbag is due the wire harness underneath the passenger seat – as a result this would not deploy if a vehicle were involved in an accident. As you would imagine there will be some very frightened drivers out there right now, if you own one of these affected models, then you should contact your local Nissan dealer.

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This is just the latest in a long line of recalls, with 2010 being the worst we have seen for years, so when will it stop? Consumer confidence should be at an all-time low right now, and this can be seen in a dip in sales in April over March. However, with a range of incentives from U.S. automakers, this seems to be persuading consumers to buy GM and Ford vehicles over the likes of Toyota.

It is no secret that Toyota has been the most affected by these recalls, amongst other Japanese automakers – Nissan and Honda. One company that is benefiting the most from these Japanese recalls is Korea’s Hyundai. Like their Japanese counterparts, they are very cheap, but do not have the same recall issues.

We have to wonder how consumers still have the confidence to keep walking into a Toyota, car showroom – maybe they think about how the brand used to be. For a more detailed look at these sales figures visit iMarketNews