Nissan Issued Recall

We here at Nissan of Lake Charles love the cars we sell, and we do our best to make sure that you find the perfect Nissan model for you and your family. But, the safety of you and your family and of the ability of the cars we sell to keep you safe is what matters most to us. Today, we’ll be going over some information on a current Nissan recall and we hope that you will contact us as soon as possible so we can get you back on the road safely.

Yesterday, Nissan and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a recall yesterday for 989,701 vehicles in the United States for an issue with the passenger side airbag systems. The models included in the recall are 2013 and 2014 model years of Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder, and Sentra as well as the 2013 NV200 taxis. The issue is located in the occupant classification system which determines, via weight, whether a passenger is present or not. If this mechanism fails to detect a passenger, the passenger side airbag may deactivate and therefore fail to deploy in the event of an accident.

Official notification from Nissan will be delivered mid next month, but every Nissan dealership will be able to update your car’s software, free of charge, so please don’t hesitate to contact our service center and get your car in to fix this very important issue!

Nissan Predicts a Future Full of EVs

The Nissan LEAF has done tremendously well since it entered the marketplace in 2010. In fact, Nissan has sold more than 100,000 units of the all-electric Nissan LEAF globally. Nissan expects even greater success with the EV—and EVs from other automakers—in the coming years.

Nissan actually told the Wall Street Journal that it should be able to outsell original projections. The Japanese automaker is now shooting for 1.5 million EVs by 2020, as more Americans come to accept electric vehicles as viable modes of transportation and as Nissan penetrates other markets across the globe with the LEAF. The LEAF will actually be making its debut in South Korea later this year.

Sure, electric vehicles still have some issues. Drivers worry about their range and the lack of refueling infrastructure, and others are turned off by the prices. However, range has already improved tremendously over the years and will continue to as time goes on. In addition, recharge times are going down, and at the same time, more infrastructure is being added across the country. And those seemingly high prices are actually steals when you factor in government rebates and incentives.

Have any questions about Nissan’s electric and other fuel-efficient models? Stop in to Nissan of Lake Charles today for some help!

Nissan appoints a Scientific Advisory Council to assist with research

Everyone knows Nissan produces the best vehicles. Okay well maybe we’re a little biased here at Nissan of Lake Charles but we believe most people would agree with us! And even though most of our models are amazing choices for any car buyer, Nissan says they’re not good enough…but they will be!

Nissan recently appointed a Scientific Advisory Council to help with research being performed at the Nissan Company’s North American Research Center – Silicon Valley, or NRC-SV for short. The board will assist by providing independent advice and recommendations on matters of science, technology, and research as well as researching new methods in autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, and human/machine interaction. We’ve all heard about Nissan’s “self driving” autonomous vehicles and it looks like they’re taking yet another step in making this science fiction day dream a reality!

Maarten Sierhuis, Ph.D., director of the Nissan Research Center Silicon Valley was quoted saying “I’m honored to welcome these leaders in user experience, human-robot interaction and human-systems engineering to the Nissan Research Center – Silicon Valley Scientific Advisory Council. I am thrilled to have their invaluable insights and feedback as we embark on the development of autonomous vehicles at NRC-SV.”

With this new collaboration we can’t wait to see what Nissan has in store for the up and coming years!

Spring Cleaning For Your Garage

It’s that time of year again, sadly, that special time when we all take a week or two out of our busy lives and decided to scrub our homes clean from top to bottom. That’s right ladies and gentleman, it’s time for Spring Cleaning! But while you’re toiling away, scrubbing toilets, degreasing ovens, dusting air vents, vacuuming, mopping, cleaning windows…and all of that other fun stuff; don’t forget to clean out the one room most people completely forget…the garage! Besides, if you don’t have a clean garage how else are you going to fit that brand new Nissan inside? Here are some helpful tips on how to make this process a little bit easier.

  1. Give yourself a day or two, no need to rush but set s schedule so you don’t put it off.
  2. Make sure it’s going to be a nice day. Don’t start when it’s raining or during a 110 degree heat wave.
  3. Get some help. Talk your friends or kids in to helping by offering to buy pizza…everyone loves pizza!
  4. Categorize your stuff. As you move things out of the garage, place things in categories. Use labeled boxes (plastic works best) to keep everything grouped together and safe from the elements.
  5. Throw things away. Don’t be afraid to get rid of the years and years of newspapers, magazines, comic books, shoes, old clothes, and anything else you’ll never use again. Or, an even better idea is to donate them or hold a garage sale!
  6. Choose a layout. Once you see how much stuff you plan on putting back in your garage, choose a spot for everything.
  7. New shelves, storage bins, cabinets, or even simple hooks to hang items on can become your new best friend. Most are easy to install and can make the process a lot easier.
  8. This will be the hardest part…from now on, like every other room in your home, CLEAN AS YOU GO! Next year’s spring cleaning will be 100 times easier if you keep the garage clean or take clean it several times a year to reduce the time it takes.