Nissan is recalling certain 2003-2004 Infiniti M45 large luxury sedans over concerns about a circuit board defect leading to inaccurate fuel gauge readings.
A notice in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration site (NHTSA) lists the number of potential affected units as 8,120. Affected vehicles were manufactured from March 7, 2002 through June 3, 2004.
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At issue is a circuit board failure where the fuel gauge may show a level higher than that which actually exists. This may result in the vehicle running out of fuel and stall without warning. This increases the risk of a crash.
Documentation from Nissan describes the defect more fully. On some of the affected vehicles, heat generated from several components on the combination circuit board may cause cracks in the solder due to thermal shock. Such solder cracks create an open circuit, and the fuel gauge may read higher than the actual amount of remaining fuel or indicate always full.
What Nissan will do
Nissan will notify owners and dealers will modify the circuit board on affected vehicles at no charge. The Nissan safety recall is expected to begin mid-April 2012.
In the meantime, owners of 2003-2004 Infiniti M45 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. 12V088000.