2011-2012 Nissan Juke, Infiniti QX, Infiniti M: Recall Alert

February 25, 2012

Nissan is conducting a voluntary safety recall campaign of certain 2011-2012 model year Nissan Juke subcompact crossovers, 2011-2012 Infiniti QX large luxury SUVs and Infiniti M luxury sedans over concerns of a possible fuel leak.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 79,275.

2012 Infiniti QX56

2012 Infiniti QX56

Documentation from Nissan breaks out the potential affected 2011-2012 model year vehicles and dates of manufacture as follows: 53,582 Nissan Juke crossovers built from March 8, 2010 through December 27, 2011; 23,261 Infiniti QX SUVs produced from October 27, 2009 through December 24, 2011, and 2,432 Infiniti M sedans built from October 5, 2009 through December 16, 2011.

2011 Infiniti M37

2011 Infiniti M37

Nissan says that no other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles are affected because the subject fuel pressure sensor is only used in the above-referenced vehicles with direct injection engines.

The problem

At issue, according to the NHTSA bulletin and information from the automaker, is that fuel pressure sensors in affected vehicles may not have been tightened to the proper specification.

As a result, heat and vibration may cause the fuel pressure sensor to gradually loosen. Over time, a small amount of fuel may leak from the fuel pressure sensor.

Nissan received a customer complaint in November 2011 about a fuel odor in the cabin while the air conditioning was operating. An investigation of the vehicle at the dealership revealed a small leak from the high pressure fuel sensor onto the fuel rail during engine cranking. The automaker further investigated the issue, determined that a safety defect exits, and that a recall campaign should be conducted.

There have been no fires due to this issue reported, according to Nissan.

What Nissan will do

Nissan will notify affected owners of 2011-2012 Nissan Juke, Infiniti QX and Infiniti M vehicles and dealers will check for fuel leakage. If there is no fuel leakage, the fuel pressure sensor will be tightened to correct specification. If fuel leakage exits, dealers will replace the fuel pressure sensor and retighten the entire assembly to the correct specification. This work will be performed free of charge.

The Nissan safety recall campaign is expected to begin on March 19, 2012. Owners of affected model year vehicles with any questions or concerns may contact Nissan at 1-615-725-1000.

Alternatively, customers 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. 12V069000.

Note that this is the fourth Nissan recall campaign this month. The others were, in order: first was on the 2012 Nissan Versa, NHTSA recall campaign ID No. 12V032000, for a potential transmission flaw on the 2012 Nissan Versa that could allow the vehicle to be shifted out of park without the driver depressing the brake pedal; NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V055000 on the 2012 Nissan Altima and Versa over a potential side curtain airbag defect, and NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V068000 on 2012 Nissan Murano and Rogue crossovers that may have inactivated tire pressure monitoring systems.

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