Nissan, a Japanese automobile manufacturer known for its reliable and affordable vehicles, has announced a recall of several of its vehicles. The issue relates to some Nissan pickup trucks and affects as many as 200,000 vehicles sold in the US.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, this recall is related to a roll-away hazard. If you own a Nissan vehicle, read on for more information regarding this recall, which cars are impacted, and what you should do if your vehicle is covered by the new recall.
The recall covers two varieties of vehicles manufactured by Nissan. Both are pickup trucks: the Nissan Frontier and the Nissan Titan. The affected pickup trucks were manufactured between 2019 and 2022 and bear model years ranging from 2020 to 2023. Owners of these vehicles are encouraged to use caution when parking their trucks, as the NHTSA says there’s an issue with the transmission parking pawl.
The voluntary recall reportedly covers 203,223 pickup trucks sold between 2019 and 2022, all of which can roll away even when placed in park. Nissan has stated it will notify owners of the affected trucks by mail starting on November 1.
If you own a 2020 through 2023 Nissan Frontier or Nissan Titan, exercise caution when parking, especially on inclines. The issue with the transmission parking pawl means that the vehicles can simply roll away after being left unattended. Make sure to engage your parking brake to prevent the vehicle from rolling away from where you parked it.
Vehicles that can roll away pose a major safety risk to other drivers. An uncontrolled vehicle rolling down a hill can look indistinguishable from a manned vehicle to other drivers and as such poses a crash risk. Notably, if your vehicle causes an accident after it rolled away from a place you parked it, you can still be held liable for the incident.
Nissan will fix the transmission parking pawl free of charge. Owners will be notified starting in November, after which they will be able to bring their Frontier and Titan trucks to their local Nissan dealerships for repairs.
In the meantime, avoid parking your truck on any inclines and turn your wheels so that if the vehicle does roll, it doesn’t roll out into the road. If you have any questions, you can contact Nissan at 1-800-867-7669.