Some 13,535 Nissan Frontier pickups from the 2012, 2013, and 2014 model years are being recalled this week for a problem with the wiring harness.
According to a letter that Nissan sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (PDF), the recall stems from a problem with a wiring harness positioned next to the truck's A-pillar. Over time, a bolt on that pillar can wear through the harness, which can cause a short circuit in the wiring, which can, in turn, cause overheating and "thermal damage" (i.e. theoretically, fire).
A short circuit can also render the power seat and sunroof functions on the Frontier inoperable. In certain cases, it could also drain the battery while the vehicle is turned off.
None of this would be a problem if the circuit breaker attached to the wiring harness were installed correctly. There is the potential that Nissan has been installing them incorrectly for 13 months.
The problem affects Frontier vehicles manufactured between November 28, 2012 and December 7, 2013. Nissan has received at least one report of smoke and overheating in the Frontier because of the problem, but no accidents or injuries have been reported as of yet.
Nissan says that it has already notified dealers of the problem and that owners will receive notification in early March. At that time, they'll be able to take their Frontiers to a dealer, who will inspect the affected circuit breaker and, if necessary, correct its orientation and repair/replace the wiring harness.[via New York Times]