If you drive a Nissan vehicle, you need to check to see if it has been recalled. Nissan has recalled over 450,000 vehicles over concerns that they could catch fire due to a hardware malfunction. Read on to find out if your vehicle is at risk of spontaneously catching fire.
Vehicles covered in the recall include the 2017 through 2019 Pathfinder SUVs, 2015 to 2019 Nissan Murano, Nissan Maxima sedans from 2016 up to 2018 and 2017 to 2019 Infiniti QX60. Most of these recalls are active only in the US or Canada, though you should check with your local Nissan dealership if you’re concerned about your vehicle.
Nissan is issuing this recall out of concerns over spontaneous fires. According to an official release through the NHTSA, Nissan has stated that the issue is related to an antilock brake problem.
Specifically, an actuator pump in the brake system can leak brake fluid onto a computerized part beneath. The circuit board, in turn, can then ignite the fluid and result in electrical shorts or even fires.
At the time of this writing, it’s unclear if any of the cars named in the recall have been involved in any actual fires, or if this recall is out of an abundance of caution.
However, this isn’t the first time Nissan has issued a recall for this exact issue. In fact, it isn’t the second time, either. This recall marks the third expansion of a string of recalls that started in 2016 when a Maxima caught fire due to the leaking brake fluid issue.
In the first two recalls, in 2016 and 2018, respectively, Nissan replaced only some of the brake pumps responsible for the fluid leaks and subsequent fires. This resulted in many of the cars covered one of the earlier recalls being recalled multiple times.
Now, the latest recall will involve dealerships replacing all brake pumps in the recalled vehicles to prevent repeat recalls–not to mention fires–in the future. You’ll be notified by mail if you need to bring your Nissan vehicle in to have it repaired by an official dealership.
In the meantime, leave the vehicle parked away from any flammable structures and don’t take it out for a drive until it’s repaired.