Nissans and Infinitis Are Recalled Again for a Fire Risk

Keith Barry

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Nissan and its luxury brand Infiniti are recalling over 360,000 vehicles to replace a faulty brake component that could cause a fire. Some of these vehicles were already recalled in September 2018. Even if a recalled vehicle was already inspected by a dealer and deemed to be safe then, it should be brought back to the dealer for a repair.

Vehicles involved in the latest recall are Nissan Murano SUVs, Nissan Maxima sedans, Nissan Pathfinder SUVs, and Infiniti QX60 SUVs.

Nissan says a faulty pump in the antilock braking system (ABS) could leak brake fluid and cause a fire.

When a leak occurs, Nissan says, the ABS warning lamp will illuminate on the dashboard for more than 10 seconds after the engine has been started. 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 repair.

Nissan hasn't yet respond to Consumer Reports’ request for comment on whether any crashes, injuries, damage, or fatalities have occurred due to this problem.

Vehicles recalled:

  • 2015-2018 Nissan Murano SUV

  • 2016-2018 Nissan Maxima sedan

  • 2017-2019 Nissan Pathfinder

  • 2017-2019 Infiniti QX60

The problem: A seal in the ABS actuator pump may allow brake fluid to leak onto a computer circuit, risking an electrical short and a fire.

The fix: Owners of affected vehicles will be notified by early December 2019. Additional replacement parts are expected to be available this summer. At that time, owners will receive another notice instructing them to bring their vehicle to a dealer for a no-cost repair. 

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 800-867-7669.

NHTSA campaign number: 19V-807.

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: NHTSA’s website will tell you whether your vehicle has a recall that needs to be addressed.

If you plug your car’s 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have one. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.

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