Nissan has issued a recall for nearly 5,500 Nissan Maxima sedans from the 2016 model year. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from a manufacturing flaw that could result in a fuel leak.
The Maxima's problem stems from an o-ring. (As we've seen before, a simple o-ring can lead to serious trouble.) Specifically, NHTSA says that the o-ring between the Maxima's fuel tank and the fuel sending unit may not have been properly installed because the tanks themselves weren't built to the proper specifications. During a crash, the o-ring might shift and allow fuel to leak from the tank, creating a fire hazard.
More troubling is the fact that Nissan says other cars using similar fuel tanks could be at risk. The automaker is conducting an investigation and says that it will update NHTSA as soon as possible.
At the moment, the recall is limited to 2016 Maxima vehicles built between March 19, 2015 and June 2, 2015. According to NHTSA, the recall currently affects 5,458 vehicles registered in the U.S.
Though Nissan hasn't yet identified a fix for this problem, it has notified dealers of the flaw and issued a "quality assurance hold" (i.e. a stop sale). The automaker says that it plans to mail formal recall notices to both dealers and owners before the end of this month.
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.