Nissan Recall Issued Over Possible Fire Hazard

In mid-November 2019, Nissan  issued a recall for approximately 400,000 of its vehicles in the United States, stating that a defective braking system threatened passenger safety. While the automaker did not disclose any details of any incidents of this defect resulting in actual fires, multiple consumer reports have emerged alleging such events.

Braking System Defect Poses Hazards

According to a  document that Nissan sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a defective oil seal may cause this part to age too quickly, especially if exposed to fluctuating temperatures, eventually allowing brake fluid to leak. Once this happens, the ABS warning will light up, alerting the driver that there is an issue. Should the driver ignore this warning while continuing to drive the vehicle, “the brake fluid leak may potentially create an electrical short in the actuator circuit, which in rare instances, may lead to a fire.”

The Affected Nissan Models

In the U.S., four Nissan models are affected by this defect: the Nissan Murano SUV (2015-2018); Maxima sedans (2016-2018); Infiniti QX60 (2017-2019); and Nissan Pathfinder SUVs (2017-2019). Additionally, this current recall is not the first of its kind—Nissan recalled over 200,000 vehicles in 2018 for a similar brake fluid leaking issue. Any affected vehicles from last year’s recall that did not receive the necessary repairs are also included under this new recall.

Addressing the Issue

As of early December 2019, Nissan was still working on a viable repair solution. Once a repair protocol has been identified, Nissan intends to notify the affected consumers, inviting them to seek out the nearest Nissan or Infiniti dealership to receive the repair. In the meantime, Nissan advises consumers to keep these any vehicle whose ABS warning has illuminated for more than ten seconds to park the car outside and far from any structures. It’s safest to avoid driving the vehicle until it has received the necessary repair.

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