Nissan North America has issued a wide-ranging recall for vehicles from its Nissan and Infiniti lineups. Some of those vehicles may experience severe oil leaks, which could ultimately result in a crash.
Here's a rundown of the models affected by the recall:
- 2012 Nissan Frontier
- 2012 Nissan NV
- 2011-2012 Nissan Pathfinder
- 2011-2012 Nissan Xterra
- 2011 Infiniti FX
- 2012 Infiniti M
According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "The bolts that connect the engine oil cooler and the engine oil filter to the engine in these vehicles may have been manufactured to below specification strength." In a worst-case scenario, one of those bolts could break and cause a serious oil leak. If the leak were severe enough, oil pressure in the vehicle could plummet and force the engine to seize, which could cause an accident.
In all, some 14,718 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles are subject to recall.
Nissan expects to send out notice of the recall on or before January 19, 2012. At that time, owners will be able to take their vehicles to a local dealer, who will replace the connector bolts free of charge. If you have questions in the meantime, we encourage you to call Nissan at 800-647-7261, or ring the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about recall campaign #11V592000.