Nissan Recalling Over 450,000 Vehicles Due to Fire Danger
By R.J. Johnson - @rickerthewriter
November 16, 2019
Automobile manufacturer Nissan is recalling over 450,000 vehicles in the U.S. due to an issue with the braking system that could cause them to catch on fire. Due to the risk, the company is advising customers who own any of the recalled vehicles to park them outside and away from any structures if the anti-lock brake system warning light comes on for more than ten seconds.
According to the Japanese automaker, the recall affects several models including; the Nissan Murano SUVs years 2015 to 2018, Maxima sedans years 2016 through 2018, the Infinit QX60 and Nissan Pathfinders from years 2017 to 2019.
Most of the models were sold in the U.S. and Canada.
The issue stems from an antilock brake actuator pump that can leak fluid onto a circuit board, causing electrical shorts and fires, according to Nissan.
The documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not indicate whether any of the recalled vehicles caught on fire, or if there'd been any injuries associated with the issue.
Notices will be sent to customers on Dec. 2 letting them know about the safety risk and that parts will be available for vehicles with illuminated antilock brake lights. Customers will get a second notice next summer when additional parts are available.
"Once the remedy is available, owners will receive a final notification letter asking them to bring their vehicle to an authorized Nissan dealer or INFINITI retailer to have the remedy work completed at no cost for parts or labor," the company says.
This is the third recall for the same problem with brake fluid leaks. In 2016, Nissan issued a recall for around 120,000 vehicles in the U.S. and in 2018, issued a second recall for another 215,000. Previously, Nissan dealers inspected the vehicles, but only replaced some of the pumps.
“Nissan Group is committed to the safety, security and satisfaction of our customers and their passengers,” a statement from the automaker said.
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