Nissan recalls nearly 400,00 vehicles in the US

Sunday, 2019-11-17 16:45:37
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A Nissan logo is pictured at the Tokyo Motor Show, in Tokyo, Japan, October 24, 2019. (REUTERS)
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On November 16, Japan’s Nissan Motor Co Ltd (7201.T) announced the recall of 394,025 cars from the US over a defect in the braking system, causing concerns that a brake fluid leak could potentially lead to a fire.

The leak into internal circuit boards will trigger a warning to drivers, which if ignored may lead to a fire in “rare instances,” Nissan said in a document dated November 8 with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

If the warning is ignored and the vehicle continues to be operated in this condition, the brake fluid leak may potentially create an electrical short in the actuator circuit, which, in rare instances, may lead to a fire, according to the Japanese automaker.

The recall, which was reported on November 15 by US media, includes Maxima sedans from 2016 through 2018, Infiniti QX60 luxury crossovers from 2017 to 2019, Murano SUVs from 2015 to 2018 and Pathfinder SUVs from 2017 to 2019.

The document does not mention whether or not the brake system defect has actually caused any fires or injuries.

The company also said that it was working to fix the issue and that owners of the affected cars will be notified starting from early December 2019.

In a statement emailed to NPR, the public radio network of the US, Nissan affirmed that 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 development comes less than two months after NHTSA opened a preliminary investigation into 553,000 Nissan Rogue sport utility vehicles after reports of their automatic emergency braking systems engaging without warning or an obstruction.

In September, the company also recalled 1.3 million vehicles to fix a problem with its reverse camera displays.