Nissan North America Inc. has recalled120,000 vehicles because their anti-lock braking systems (ABS) may malfunction and leak brake fluid onto an an internal electrical circuit board, increasing the risk of a fire. Nissan’s recall covers 2016 to 2017 model year Maxima cars, 2015-2017 Murano crossover vehicles, and 2015 to 2016 Murano hybrid vehicles equipped with an intelligent cruise control system. According to documents submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) by Nissan, the ABS actuator pump seal may leak, causing the electric circuit board to malfunction and the ABS warning lamp to light up. “If the vehicle continues to operate in this condition, the leak could cause a short, which in rare instances could result in thermal damage,” a Nissan spokesperson told Law360 in a statement.
Nissan owners should park vehicles outside if the ABS warning lamp is illuminated, the spokesperson said. The automaker also recommends contacting its roadside assistance service to have the vehicle towed to an authorized Nissan service center. Nissan said it began to investigate the issue in June after hearing of an incident of thermal damage in a 2016 Nissan Maxima. The automaker determined in July that the fire likely began around the ABS actuator housing. Nissan contacted the supplier for the actuators, ADVICS North America Inc., and the pair determined that a certain range of faulty actuators supplied to the automaker were the cause of the issue. During the investigations Nissan also received reports of other incidents of thermal damage. There were no traffic accidents, injuries or fatalities related to the issue.
To fix the issue, dealers will inspect the serial number of the vehicle’s ABS actuator. If the actuator is within the affected range, the dealer will replace it with a new one, free of charge to the owner. Nissan notified dealers on Sept. 2 and will alert owners of the recall within 60 days. Some of the vehicles recalled by Nissan may have already been subject to another launched by Nissan in April. The recall sought to fix an air bag system defect that could result in the car misclassifying an adult passenger as a child, causing it not to deploy in the event of a crash. The recall, which covered more than 3 million vehicles, included 2016 to 2017 Maxima and 2015 to 2016 Murano models. The recall also covered 11 other models. Customers who have questions about the recall can contact Nissan Consumer Affairs at 1-800-NISSAN1 (1-800-647-7261).
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