Nissan Motor Co. has recalled more than 188,000 Nissan and Infiniti SUVs worldwide to fix faulty brake control software that could increase the risk of a crash. The recall covers some Nissan Pathfinders from the 2013 and 2014 model years, as well as the 2013 Infiniti JX35 and its successor model, the 2014 QX60. Nissan says that during light braking on rough roads, the antilock brake software could cause longer-than-expected stopping distances. The company said no crashes or injuries have been reported.
Of the 188,302 Nissan SUVs affected worldwide, 151,695 of them were sold in the United States. That includes Nissan Pathfinders from the 2013 and 2014 model-years, as well as Infiniti’s 3-row crossover the 2013 JX35, which was renamed the QX60 in 2014. The remaining vehicles were sold in Canada, China, Russia, Mexico, India and other parts of the world. As is typical with safety recalls, the second-largest of the Japanese auto makers plans to notify owners in the coming weeks and then make repairs at no charge. The repair is expected to involve minimal downtime as it will simply require the reprogramming of the affected vehicles’ current ABS controllers.
Automakers, in general, have been increasing the number of vehicles covered by recalls in the last several years. Safety advocates contend the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been responding to criticism that it had grown too cozy with automakers and may have let some potential problems slip by. Nissan, in particular, has faced a number of safety-related service actions involving a wide range of products, from the little Juke crossover to the big Titan pickup. Problems have included faulty transmissions as well as brakes, airbags and even inaccurate labeling.
Nissan will notify owners within 60 days, and dealers will reprogram the antilock brakes free of charge. The recall includes nearly 152,000 SUVs in the U.S. and roughly 36,000 in China, Canada, Mexico and other countries, the company said. The Pathfinders were built between April 18, 2012 and Sept. 20 of this year. The JX35s were built from Sept. 15, 2011, to Jan. 16 of this year, while the QX60s were built from Jan. 17 to Sept. 20 of this year. Owners with questions can contact Nissan at 800-647-7261
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