Nissan is recalling certain 2011 Nissan Juke compact cars over concerns that they could stall without warning.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 28,294. Affected vehicles were manufactured April 9, 2010, the start of production, through May 12, 2011.
Documentation from Nissan indicates that Nissan Jukes manufactured after those dates were not affected. In addition, the automaker said that no other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles are affected because they do not use the subject air inlet tube.
The NHTSA notice says that the turbocharged boost sensor bracket may separate from the air inlet tube as a result of a defective weld. If the bracket comes off, the vehicle could stall without warning, thus increasing crash risk.
The explanation from Nissan is that if the bracket separated, the vehicle goes into a “fail safe” mode and a warning light comes on to alert the driver. Continued operation of the vehicle may cause it to stall during idling and, in rare instances, it may not re-start.
Nissan will notify owners and dealers will check the lot number on the air inlet tube, replacing the tube, if necessary, at no charge. The Nissan safety recall is expected to begin on or about January 9, 2012.
In the meantime, owners of 2011 Nissan Juke vehicles with any questions or concerns may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 11V583000.
This is the second Nissan recall this month. Earlier, Nissan announced a recall involving the 2011 Rogue crossover SUV.