2010 Infiniti M35Enlarge Photo
Nissan is recalling certain 2006 through 2010 model year Infiniti M35 and M45 luxury sedans to address an electrical problem that could cause the engine to stop unexpectedly.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected by the safety recall at 98,300. Affected vehicles were built from April 4, 2004 through October 5, 2010.
2006 Infiniti M45
According to the NHTSA bulletin and documentation (PDF) submitted by Nissan, over time, the accelerator pedal sensor signal may deteriorate, “resulting in the output of an incorrect signal causing the engine to go into fail-safe (limp home) mode.”
In such a fail-safe mode, the automaker said, “throttle valve deposits may cause the engine to stall when the vehicle is coming to a stop or at idle, increasing the risk of a crash.”
According to a report in The Detroit News, Nissan had investigated reports of the problem in 2011 and 2012, concluding at the time that “the issue was not an unreasonable risk to safety” and didn’t merit a field action because “the vehicle went into fail-safe mode (allowing a driver to safely pull over to the side of the road), the probability of the engine stopping was very low, and the engine could be restarted.”
Nissan later decided to proceed with a safety recall “upon further consideration of this issue and out of an abundance of caution.”
2006 Infiniti M35Enlarge Photo
What Nissan will do
Nissan will notify owners and dealers will replace the accelerator pedal assembly and reprogram the engine control module (ECM). The service will be performed at no charge.
The Nissan safety recall is expected to begin in early November 2013. In the meantime, owners of 2006 through 2010 Infiniti M35 and M45 luxury sedans 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. 13V430000.