Nissan Motor Co. has recalled nearly 640,000 sport utility vehicles after safety regulators discovered that water seepage in certain Nissan Rogues may cause electrical fires, and faulty latches in some of the automaker’s Infinitis and Pathfinders could make their hoods fly up unexpectedly. The automaker acknowledged two reports filed by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration that detailed the defects and announced it would remedy the safety hazards by letting owners and dealers know about the problems and paying to fix any identifiable issues. The largest recall involves nearly 470,000 model year 2008 through 2014 Nissan Rogues that the federal regulator found to be plagued by electrical shorts in a seat belt component due to a mixture of snow or water and salt seeping through the carpet on the driver side floor. The electrical shorts can cause a fire in the SUVs, according to NHTSA.
The Infiniti and Pathfinder recall encompasses approximately 170,000 vehicles, including certain 2013 and 2014 Pathfinders, 2013 Infiniti JX35s and 2014 Infiniti QX60s. The recall includes hybrid varieties of each type of vehicle. According to the NHTSA’s report, the affected autos contain a hood release cable that may not fully engage, which means the latch could remain open even when the hood is closed. The result of the defect is that the hood could fly open while the SUV is in motion, obscuring the driver’s view of the road and potentially causing a crash. As with the Rogue recall, Nissan and Infiniti plan to notify owners and dealers of the problem, inspect the vehicles and fix any defects at no cost to the owner.
Earlier this month, the NHTSA opened an investigation into two “unusual but similar” complaints that air bags in 2013 Nissan Rogues improperly deployed after the vehicles crashed. According to the safety regulator, its investigation will encompass 195,000 Nissan Rogue sport utility vehicles and will explore two consumer complaints that allege the vehicles’ front, driver’s side air bag deployed many seconds, even up to minute, after impact and didn’t fully inflate. The federal investigation was opened Jan. 12 to determine the cause, scope and consequence of the issue, according to the agency. As of Wednesday, no determination had been made on the investigation.
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