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400,000 Nissans Recalled Due to Potential Fire Hazard

A braking system defect is causing Nissan to recall nearly 400,000 vehicles in the U.S. The defect can cause the brakes to catch fire. 

4 U.S. Nissan models are affected by the recall

  • 2015 – 2018 Nissan Murano SUVs
  • 2016-2018 Maxima Sedans
  • 2017-2019 Nissan Pathfinder SUVs
  • 2017-2019 Infinity QX60 SUVs

Nissan is advising owners of the above vehicles to park their cars away from structures if the anti-lock brake warning light comes on for more than 10 seconds. 

According to Nissan, manufacturing variations may cause the affected vehicles to have an oil seal with inadequate sealing performance. The high-temperature environment of the braking system, coupled with leaking brake fluid can create a potential electrical short in the actuator circuit and lead to a fire. 

Owners of the affected vehicles were sent a notice on 12/02/2019 advising them to park their vehicles outside and to contact Nissan or INFINITI Roadside assistance if their ABS warning light is displayed for 10 seconds or longer. In the event of an ABS warning display, the automaker can install a newly designed ABS actuator. 

Nissan anticipates having the additional remedy parts available in the summer of 2020 and will notify owners via a second notice to bring their vehicles into their dealer for repair at no cost. The automaker’s letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not make it immediately clear if there were current owners whose vehicles caught fire. However, a quick glance at current complaints indicates several known incidents have occurred.

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