Nissan recall: the models with a brake defect which could cause fires – and if UK drivers are affected

Nissan recall: the models with a brake defect which could cause fires – and if UK drivers are affected
Nissan recall: the models with a brake defect which could cause fires – and if UK drivers are affected

Nissan has announced that it is recalling almost 400,000 vehicles over fears a brake fluid leak could potentially lead to vehicles catching fire.

The Japanese manufacturer said it was recalling 394,025 cars in the United States over a concern that leaking fluid from the brake system could end up on internal circuit boards where in “rare circumstances” it could then lead to a fire.

In a filing with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the car maker said any leak would trigger a warning to drivers but “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”.

It said it was working to develop a solution and would contact affected owners to arrange remedial work.

Affected models

The recall affects four models from Nissan and its luxury spin-off Inifiniti. Cars subject to the recall are Pathfinder SUVs from 2017 to 2019, Murano SUVs from 2015 to 2018, Maxima saloons from 2016 to 2018 and Infiniti QX60 SUVs from 2017 to 2019.

2015 Nissan Murano
Nissan Muranos built between 2015 and 2018 are among affected models. (Photo: Eric Thayer/Getty Images)

Are UK cars affected?

Nissan UK has said that no cars sold in the UK are affected by the recall. While both the Pathfinder and Murano were previously sold in the UK, sales stopped before the affected models were produced.

A spokesman said: “This recall doesn’t affect any UK models.”

In a statement, Nissan said: “Nissan Group is committed to the safety, security and satisfaction of our customers and their passengers. Nissan and Infiniti are conducting a voluntary safety recall campaign on certain MY2016-2018 Nissan Maxima, MY2015-2018 Nissan Murano, MY2017-2019 Nissan Pathfinder and MY2017-2019 INFINITI QX60 vehicles to replace the antilock braking system (ABS) actuator.

The ABS actuator pump seal may leak brake fluid onto the control electronic circuit board. If this occurs, an ABS warning lamp will illuminate to warn the driver. If the vehicle continues to be operated in this condition, the brake fluid leak may create an electrical short in the actuator circuit, which in rare cases could potentially lead to a thermal incident.

“Owners of potentially affected vehicles will receive an interim notification beginning in early December 2019. Nissan Group is currently developing its remedy plan. Once the remedy is available, owners will receive a final notification letter asking them to bring their vehicle to an authorized Nissan dealer or Infinit retailer to have the remedy work completed at no cost for parts or labour.”

Nissan is among 20 car makers still affected by the global Takata air bag recall. An estimated 1.7 million cars in the UK are still to have the potentially deadly fault put right, despite the widely publicised recall.

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