Nissan recalls 394,000 cars as fluid leaks can cause fires

Daniel Fowler
November 16, 2019

Nissan Motor Co. has announced the recall of some 450,000 vehicles around the world over fire risks, Kyodo News reported on Friday.

Nissan says it is recalling almost 400,000 vehicles in the USA that pose a potential fire danger because of a braking system defect.

The recall, detailed in documents posted Friday by the United States government, covers the Nissan Murano SUV from 2015 through 2018, and Maxima sedans from 2016 through 2018.

The Pathfinder is one of the latest vehicles to get caught up in Nissan's extensive ABS pump recall. About 120,000 USA vehicles were recalled in 2016, and Nissan issued a recall for 215,000 in 2018. Nissan registered the recall with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on November 8.

Earlier in September, Nissan initiated a recall of 1.23 million of its vehicles due to problems with the backup camera displays, CBC News reported.

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Dealers will replace the pumps.

In a 2018 recall, Nissan dealers inspected the vehicles and did not replace the pumps if fluid wasn't leaking, according to AP.

They'll get a second notice when fix parts are ready.

In a statement Friday, Nissan said a seal in the pump can leak brake fluid onto an electronic control circuit board.

The company said the problem is in the battery terminal fastener and could lead to a stall and electrical shorts that could cause fires, though it said it isn't aware of any fires, crashes or stalls resulting from the problem. If this happens, the automaker advises that the driver park the vehicle outside and contact Nissan Roadside Assistance (800-647-7261, press option 1) to have the vehicle towed to a Nissan service department for fix.

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