Nissan is taking back almost half a million cars worldwide due to a possible fire risk.
As if Nissan didn’t have enough problems. The struggling Japanese automaker is facing stiff competition in North America, traditionally one of their strongest markets and profits have been slipping for years. Now Nissan has been struck with one of their biggest recalls in recent memory and will almost certainly tarnish the brand’s image for making sturdy and reliable cars.
At issue are late-model cars and SUVs that might just catch fire if the antilock brake light has been on for too long. According to documents filed with the NHTSA on November 8th, an issue with the antilock brake actuator pump can cause brake fluid to leak onto a circuit board. This might cause the circuit board to short and in rare cases might even start a fire.
As per the documents, “If the warning is ignored and the vehicle continues to be operated in this condition, the brake fluid leak may potentially create an electrical short in the actuator circuit, which in rare instances, may lead to a fire.” Nissan recommends that if the antilock brake light has been on for more than 10 seconds to leave your car parked outside and away from structures.
The recall affects 2015-2018 Nissan Muranos, 2016-2018 Nissan Maximas, and 2017-2019 Infinity QX90s and Nissan Pathfinders. No accidents or injuries have been reported for the current round of recalls, but this isn't the first time Nissan has taken back cars due to this issue.
The first round of recalls actually took place back in 2016 after a Maxima sedan burned down. After that, the issue was discovered and Nissan took back 120,000 vehicles in the US to replace their actuator pumps if dealers found the to be leaking. That recall was expanded to 215,000 more vehicles in 2018 and now expands to 450,000 worldwide.
At first, Nissan only replaced the actuator pumps if they were found to be defective. Now, Nissan is replacing all of them, but not all at once. Parts shortages will require Nissan to replace the most obvious failures first--the ones where the antilock brake light is illuminated--whereas everyone else will have to wait until next summer for their replacement brake actuator pump to be delivered.
Notifications will be sent out starting December 2nd. If your brake actuator pump light is on, Nissan recommends you get a tow to the nearest Nissan dealer to have your pump replaced free of charge.