Unfortunately for Nissan, the company recently joined the ranks of those like the company’s fellow Japanese automaker Toyota announcing recalls of a substantial number of vehicles.
Nissan announced a voluntary recall of over a half million vehicles, most of which are in the United States, for two unrelated issues: potentially failing brake pedal pins, and fuel gauges that in older vehicles may register inaccurate readings. According to Nissan, there have been reports of three instances of brake pedal pins partially disengaging. The disengaging pins caused a loss of normal braking ability. Similar to Toyota’s situation with its brake pedal assembly problems, Nissan is blaming the problem on a “manufacturing error” on the part of the supplier of the part. Nissan provided an assurance that all vehicles currently on sale are free of the brake pin related problem.
Concerning the fuel gauge issues, Nissan stated that fuel gages on some high-mileage vehicles may give a faulty indication of the tank’s fuel reserves. The obvious fear associated with this potential glitch is that an affected vehicle may run out of fuel while the gauge, in fact, reads greater than empty. Again, Nissan assures that all vehicles currently on sale are free of this fuel gauge problem.
Included in the list of vehicles affected by Nissan’s voluntary recall are both the Titan and Frontier pickup trucks. See the details in Nissan’s press release provided below.
03.02.2010, FRANKLIN, Tennessee
NISSAN ISSUES VOLUNTARY RECALLS ON SELECTED VEHICLES TO CHECK BRAKE PINS AND CORRECT FUEL GAUGE INACCURACIES
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 exThese 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.
Models and numbers of vehicles with potentially affected brake pedal pins are:
- 2008 through 2010 model year Nissan Titan, Armada, Quest and Infiniti QX56
- 178,916 in the U.S., 25,869 outside the U.S. (see box for locations)
Models and numbers of vehicles with potential fuel gauges inaccuracies are:
- 2005 through 2008 model year Nissan Titan, Armada and Infiniti QX56>
- Nissan Frontier, Pathfinder and Xterra produced between January and March 2006 and between October 2007 and January 2008
- 418,865 in the U.S., 53,253 outside the U.S. (see box for locations)
WHAT OWNERS OF POTENTIALLY AFFECTED VEHICLES SHOULD DO
Beginning in March, owners of potentially affected vehicles in the brake pedal pin recall are being notified to bring their vehicles to a Nissan or Infiniti dealership for a quick, simple, visual inspection and, if necessary, repair.
Also beginning in March, owners of potentially affected vehicles under the recalls for fuel gauge inaccuracies will be notified as to when they should bring their vehicles to their dealers for repair. Until their fuel gauge senders are repaired, customers with potentially affected vehicles are encouraged to maintain a fuel level of at least a half-tank.
Customers with questions are encouraged to contact Consumer Affairs at 1-800-NISSAN1 (1-800-647-7261) for Nissan vehicles, or 1-800-662-6200 for Infiniti vehicles. Customers may also contact their respective authorized Nissan or Infiniti dealers.