Fearing that a fault in its cars could result in fires has resulted in a recall of hundreds of thousands of its cars in the United States by the Japanese car maker Nissan.
According to the documents that were sent by the Nissan Group of North America to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall would include about 394,025 cars in total.
The Infiniti QX60 and Nissan Pathfinder SUVs, both made between 2017 to 2019, the Maxima sedans from 2016 to 2018 and the 2015 to 2018 models of the Nissan Murano SUV are the four models that would be affected by the recall in the United States. The break up according to models includes 126,579 Pathfinders, 115,518 Muranos, 82,374 Maxima models and 69,554 of the Infiniti QX60.
The company said that it had detected a fault in the anti-lock brake systems of the cars. There is a possibility that there can be an inadequate oil seal in the vehicles, Nissan said. There can be leaking of brake fluids if there is wear and tear of the seals. A warning system in the vehicles will inform the drives of such a situation. However, the company said, “the brake fluid leak may potentially create an electrical short in the actuator circuit, which in rare instances, may lead to a fire” if drivers ignore the warnings.
The deals of the cars have been notified on November 12 while Nissan will inform the owners of the defective cars starting December 2, 2019.
The company will direct the owners to park their vehicles outside and should get in touch with Nissan for getting their vehicles towed to a dealer in case if the anti-lock braking system in their cars issue warning signals and continue to shine for at least 10 seconds.
“If the ABS [anti-lock braking system] warning light is illuminated, the dealer will replace the ABS actuator with a new design part at no cost to the owner,” Nissan wrote in the defect information report.
According to Nissan, additional parts will become available in the summer of 2020 following which the owners of the faulty cars should take their vehicles for repairs to a dealer free of charge. The report said that the faulty cars were made at the Nissan factories in Canton in Mississippi, and Smyrna in Tennessee.
Neither reports nor the company clarified whether there has already been any incident of such fire and whether anyone had been injured.
According to Consumer Reports, concerns over cars catching fire because of a brake fluid leak had forced Nissan to recall 215,124 vehicles last year. According to Nissan Maxima models from 2016 to 2017, 2015-2017 Muranos and Pathfinders from 2017 to 2018 were recalled during that vehicle recall.
Further, an issue with backup cameras resulted in Nissan recalling 1.23 million SUVs and Sedans in the US and Canada in September this year.
(Adapted from NewsWeek.com)