Nissan is recalling certain 2012 model year Murano and Rogue mid-size and compact crossover SUVs, respectively, over concerns that the tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) was not activated during assembly.
2012 Nissan RogueEnlarge Photo
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 2,983. Affected vehicles were manufactured from November 23, 2011 through January 11, 2012.
Documentation from Nissan indicates that the recall affects 695 Murano and 2,288 Rogue vehicles. The automaker states that all affected vehicles are currently on dealership lots and have not yet been delivered to customers.
At issue is the fact that in affected vehicles, the TPMS system was not activated during assembly, thus failing to comply with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard FMVSS No. 138, “Tire Pressure Monitoring System.”
The NHTSA bulletin states that if the TPMS is inactive, the system cannot warn the driver if tires are underinflated. Overheating and overloading of underinflated tires could lead to a possible blowout, which increases the risk of a crash.
Nissan is instructing dealers to activate the TPMS in all of the 2012 Nissan Murano and Rogue crossover SUVs currently in their inventory prior to delivery to customers. If you are a customer waiting to take delivery of one of these vehicles, to alleviate any of your concerns, just ask the dealer if the TPMS has been activated.
Customers with any questions on the subject recall 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. 12V068000.
Note that this is the third Nissan recall campaign this month. The first was on the 2012 Nissan Versa, NHTSA recall campaign ID No. 12V032000, for a potential transmission flaw that could allow the vehicles to be shifted out of park without the driver depressing the brake pedal. The second recall, NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V055000, came a week later and covered the 2012 Nissan Altima and Versa over a potential side curtain airbag defect.