The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating whether an estimated 110,000 Nissan North America Inc. vehicles have a defect that causes their transmissions to suddenly lose power. NHTSA’s Office of Defect Investigations (ODI) has opened a preliminary evaluation into model year 2013 Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti JX vehicles. The agency is examining complaints that a connection failure involving the transmission cooler line caused transmission fluid to leak from the vehicles, leading to the loss in power. The ODI has received complaints from five owners of the vehicles. It identified field data in which other drivers reported experiencing a similar issue. According to NHTSA, no deaths or injuries have been reported in connection with the alleged defect.
Nissan issued a bulletin to mechanics in July regarding the leak of transmission fluid, an issue the ODI deemed “a condition similar to that described in” the reports from vehicle owners. A Nissan spokesman says the company is cooperating with the agency, adding that a “repair procedure has already been developed for use where necessary by authorized Nissan/Infiniti dealers for those few vehicles that did experience this issue.” In April Nissan was forced to recall about 480,000 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles worldwide. The vehicles were recalled for a problem with their air bags that could cause them to fail to inflate or explode, sending metal particles into the interior. Approximately 265,367 of those vehicles were in the U.S. market, including the U.S. model year 2001-2003 Maxima, Pathfinder, Sentra and the Infiniti I35 and QX4.
In August 2012, NHTSA opened an investigation into a possible cable assembly defect in Nissan’s 2012 Versa cars that could prevent their air bags from deploying. The ODI received field report data from the automaker showing that the cars’ spiral cable assembly had been discovered pinched in the steering column. If the cable is damaged, the air bag may not deploy, according to the agency. NHTSA estimated at the time there were an estimated 100,000 Versas from that model year in the U.S. The agency closed the investigation in January saying that it did not find a safety-related defect in the vehicles.
Source: Greg Ryan and Law360.com
Contact us today for a free legal consultation with an experienced attorney.
Fields marked *may be required for submission.
If you would like to subscribe to the Jere Beasley Report digital edition, simply visit our Subscriptions page and provide the necessary information or call us at 800-898-2034.
Attorney Advertising - Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.