2010 Nissan ArmadaEnlarge Photo
2010 Nissan TitanEnlarge Photo
Nissan may be tardy to the recall party, but better late than never. The company has now issued recalls for a number of vehicles, including the Armada, Frontier, Pathfinder, Quest, Titan, Xterra, and the Infiniti QX56, citing problems that range from faulty brake pedals to malfunctioning gas gauges.
The brake pedal issue is of most concern -- not only because it's a serious safety hazard, but also because of the attention currently focused on the braking systems of another Japanese automaker, Toyota. The problem affects Nissan's 2008 - 2010 Armada, Quest, and Titan models, as well as the 2008 - 2010 Infiniti QX56. The issue stems from a faulty brake pedal pin, which can cause the brake pedal to loosen. According to a company statement, "There have been three reported instances of brake pedal pins partially disengaging, causing a loss of normal braking ability, and Nissan has determined that a manufacturing error on the part of the supplier is at the root of this issue."
The gas gauge problem is less severe, but the results can be frustrating, to say the least. In certain Nissan and Infiniti models, the gauge can indicate that the vehicle has a quarter tank of gas remaining, when in fact the tank is nearly empty. The flawed equipment can be found in the 2005 - 2009 Nissan Armada and Titan, the 2005 - 2009 Infiniti QX56, and some 2006 and 2008 Nissan Frontiers, Pathfinders, and Xterras.
In all, the recalls affect some 539,864 Nissan-manufactured vehicles, the vast majority of which were sold in the U.S.. (The remainder roam the roads of Canada, Mexico, Japan, and other countries listed here.)
Nissan notes that no accidents or injuries have resulted from either flaw, and adds that none of the Nissan or Infiniti models currently in showrooms are affected by these issues. Nissan is notifying owners of the problems this month and is, of course, offering free inspections and repairs of affected vehicles. However, customers who are already experiencing problems with loose brake pedals should contact their dealer immediately.
For additional details, please see Nissan's press release below.
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Nissan North America (NNA) today announced recalls to inspect and, if necessary, repair brake pedal pins and fuel-gauge components on certain trucks and minivans. No accidents or injuries have been reported with these issues.
“At Nissan, we’re committed to the safety and satisfaction of our customers. We regret any inconveniences that our customers may experience as we take these precautions,” said Kevin Martin, vice president of Total Customer Satisfaction for NNA.
These recall campaigns involve a total of 539,864 vehicles, a majority of which are in the United States.
REASON FOR THE RECALLS
There have been three reported instances of brake pedal pins partially disengaging, causing a loss of normal braking ability, and Nissan has determined that a manufacturing error on the part of the supplier is at the root of this issue. All vehicles currently on sale are free of this problem.
Unrelated to the brake-pin issue, vehicles at higher mileage levels may have fuel gauges which incorrectly indicate the amount of fuel in the tank. This may result in the vehicle running out of fuel while the gauge reads greater than empty. All vehicles currently on sale are free of this problem.