Nissan is recalling a number of "Leaf" model electric cars built between February 28 and March 12 of 2014 in both the United States and Canada. This recall affects 211 cars in the U.S. and 65 cars in Canada. This recall will check the vehicles for the presence of spot welds in the motor compartment. These points are located on both sides of the motor. If the welds are properly in place, the car is re-issued to the consumer with no concern. If the spots are missing, the entire vehicle must be replaced rather than just the spots where the welds are missing. Nissan did not elaborate on the exact issue involved if the weld spots are missing, but the recall of the entire vehicle necessitates the logical conclusion that the crashworthiness of the vehicle is completely compromised if the spots are missing. Crashworthiness of a vehicle is of the utmost importance in vehicle saftey - without ensuring that a vehicle is "crashworthy," someone injured in a vehicle accident can sue the manufacturer of the vehicle they are in for product defect, even if the actual cause of the accident was something or someone else.
The recall goes into effect in June 2014. Consumers of the Leaf model can contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 for questions or concerns, and may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety line at 1-888-327-4236.