Last summer, Nissan recalled more than 76,000 Nissan Rogue crossovers from the 2014 model year. At the same time, BMW recalled over 18,000 sedans from 2014 and 2015, mostly from the automaker's 3-Series and 4-Series. The link? Both manufacturers had used faulty fuel pumps manufactured by Bosch.
Now, the Rogue recall has been expanded to include more 2014 models--again, due to Bosch's fuel pumps. As the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains in a defect report:
"On some of the affected vehicles, in certain situations, the nickel plating material from the fuel pump's inner or outer casing/cover may detach or flake due to fuel flow, vibration or pressure. The detached plating particles may move into the vacant area between the impeller and the casing/cover, causing the impeller to stop rotating."
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What does that mean for owners? If the impeller stops rotating during start-up, the fuel pump won't function, so the vehicle won't start. If it happens while the vehicle is in motion, however, the vehicle will stall, increasing the possibility of a crash.
NHTSA notes, however, that in the event of a stall, the Rogue can be brought to a controlled stop. Also, a stall won't affect the Rogue's airbag system, since it's powered by the battery. So, if there is a collision, the crossover's airbags will still protect occupants.
NHTSA says that non-starting engines are likely to occur more often than stalls.
August's recall covered 2014 Nissan Rogue vehicles manufactured between January 2, 2014 and June 7, 2014. This expansion adds 46,671 vehicles built between July 25, 2013 (when production of the 2014 model began) and December 21, 2013. In other words, all 2014 Nissan Rogues are now under recall.
Nissan will notify Rogue owners of the recall by mail. After receiving those notices, owners will be able to take their vehicles to Nissan dealers, who will replace the crossover's fuel pump at no charge.
If you own one of these vehicles and have questions, you're encouraged to contact Nissan customer service at 800-647-7261, or call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #16V149000.