Nissan is recalling four Nissan and two Infiniti models over concerns about a potential oil leak issue, which could lead to a crash.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 14,718. The breakdown of the year/make/model along with the dates of manufacture and approximate number of affected vehicles (in parentheses) is as follows:
- 2011 Infiniti FX SUV – June 21, 2011 through August 1, 2011 (30)
- 2012 Infiniti M sedan – June 22, 2011 through July 30, 2011 (97)
- 2011-2012 Nissan Pathfinder SUV – June 16, 2011 through September 19, 2011 (3,023)
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- 2011-2012 Nissan Xterra SUV – June 16, 2011 through October 3, 2011 (3,194)
- 2012 Nissan Frontier pickup – June 16, 2011 through September 19, 2011 (6,820)
- 2012 Nissan NV van – June 11, 2011 through September 21, 2011 (1,554)
Nissan says that vehicles manufactured before and after these dates and other Nissan and Infiniti vehicles are not affected because they do not use the subject connector bolt of the engine oil cooler.
The NHTSA notice says that some of the bolts that connect the engine oil cooler and engine oil filter to the engine may have been manufactured to below specification strength. This may cause the bolt to break at the attachment point to the oil filter, subsequently causing an oil leak.
The potential consequence of engine oil leak is that oil pressure could drop and the engine could seize, which increases the risk of a crash.
Nissan will contact owners of affected Infiniti and Nissan vehicles and dealers will replace the connector bolts at no charge. The Nissan safety recall campaign is expected to begin on or about January 19, 2012.
In the meantime, owners of Infiniti and Nissan vehicles from the model years involved in the recall with any questions 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. 11V592000.