A report from Japan-based Nissan Motor Company Limited has shown that the venture is recalling 394,025 vehicles in the United States of America. This is due to a fault with the braking system. It has led to worries that if the brake fluid leaks it can lead to a fire outbreak.
Nissan says a leak into the internal circuit boards can cause an alarm to go off as a caution to the drivers. If such a warning is not attended to, it can lead to a fire outbreak under very rare circumstances. This was what Nissan stated in a notice placed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) with the recall number being 18V-601.
Nissan clarified further that if the warning is not heeded by the driver and the car continues to work, the leak of brake fluid can cause an electrical short in the actuator circuit and that is precisely what causes the fire.
The recall was reported by several American media outlets and it includes Nissan Maxima sedans made from 2016 all the way to 2018. It also includes Infiniti QX60 luxury crossovers from 2017 to 2019, Murano SUVs from 2015 to 2018 and also Pathfinder SUVs from 2017 to 2019. All these models were mentioned in the recall filing.
Even though the specific car models involved were mentioned, the carmaker did not state if the brake system fault has already led to any injuries, damages or fires. Nissan also stated that it was doing everything possible to solve the problem and that those who own the affected cars are going to get notifications from next month.
Nissan assured that immediately the solution is available, the owners are going to be notified via letters. The letters will demand they take their vehicles to a licensed Nissan dealer or an INFINITI retailer so they can have the solution done totally. The fixing is going to be done at no cost for the parts or the labor, it will all be free of charge. This was contained in a release from the car brand.
This is coming some weeks after NHTSA started an initial probe into over half a million Nissan Rogue sport utility vehicles after there were reports of their automatic emergency braking systems being activated without any warning or obstacle. Substandard checks of the brakes, steering wheels, wheel stability, and speed measurements led the company to also embark on a similar recalled of thousands of cars in Japan during the last quarter of 2018.
Also, in September, Nissan also had to recall 1.3 million vehicles. The essence was to solve a problem that was noticed with the backup camera displays. As it is now, Nissan has advised the owners to park the affected vehicles outside in an open area and not close to structures if the anti-lock brake system warning light remains activated for over 10 seconds. The full recall statement was forwarded in an email to NPR and owners will be getting notifications from the beginning the December 2019.