Nissan recalls over 215K vehicles for fire risk

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September 2018 – Detroit News – Nissan recalled nearly 240,000 cars and SUVs worldwide due to a fire risk and is advising people to park the vehicles outdoors in rare cases.

An anti-lock brake pump can leak brake fluid onto a circuit board, causing an electrical short and increasing the fire risk, according to the company. If drivers see the anti-lock brake warning lamp for more than 10 seconds after starting the engine, Nissan urges them not to drive the vehicles and park them outdoors and away from structures or other vehicles.

The recall covers certain 2015 to 2017 Nissan Murano, 2016 and 2017 Nissan Maxima, 2017 through 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and 2017 Infiniti QX60 vehicles.

Nissan estimates 56 percent of the vehicles have the problem, which has been traced to faulty seals in the pump.

Some Muranos were recalled for the same problem in 2016.

Documents posted Thursday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration don’t say if there have been any fires. Nissan spokesman would not comment when asked about fires but said there have been no related crashes or injuries.

The company is asking owners to park the vehicles outside if the anti-lock brake light stays on “out of an abundance of caution”. If the light stays on, owners should immediately contact Nissan or Infiniti to have the vehicle towed to a dealer.

RECALLED VEHICLES: 

  • Nissan Murano
  • Nissan Maxima
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Infiniti QX60 vehicles

RECALL Subject: Brake Fluid may Leak into ABS Pump and Ignite

Report Receipt Date: SEP 07, 2018
NHTSA Campaign Number: 18V601000
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Potential Number of Units Affected: 215,124
Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.

SEPTEMBER 2018 — Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain 2015-2017 Nissan Murano, 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima, 2017-2018 Nissan Pathfinder, and 2017 Infiniti QX60 vehicles. The Anti-Lock Brake (ABS) actuator pumps may allow brake fluid to leak onto an internal circuit board. A brake fluid leak on the circuit board may result in an electrical short, increasing the risk of a fire. Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the serial number on the ABS actuator, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin October 15, 2018. Note: When brake fluid has leaked onto the circuit board, the ABS warning lamp will remain illuminated for more than 10 seconds after engine start up. If this occurs, owners are advised to park the vehicle outdoors away from other vehicles or structures and to not drive the vehicle. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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