Nissan is conducting a safety recall of certain 2013 model year Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti JX SUVs due to a potentially defective brake part that may fail and make it harder to stop the vehicles.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected at 19,256. Affected vehicles were built from December 2, 2012 through January 29, 2013 at the Nissan plant in Smyrna, Tennessee.
Documentation from Nissan (PDF) indicates that some 14,168 2013 Nissan Pathfinders and 5,090 2013 Infiniti JX35 SUVs are involved in the safety recall.
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According to the NHTSA bulletin, the front brake torque member was cast improperly, resulting in structural weakness that can lead to premature failure and cracking.
As a consequence of the brake torque member failing, the brake caliper may move and contact the inside of the road wheel, resulting in reduced braking ability and increasing the risk of a crash.
Nissan said it began an investigation after a March field report of a brake failure.
What Nissan will do
Nissan will notify owners and dealers will inspect the manufacturing date of the vehicles’ torque members, replacing one or both of them, as necessary, at no charge. The safety campaign is expected to begin in early May 2013.
In the meantime, owners of 2013 Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti JX35 SUVs with any questions or concerns may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V139000.