Nissan is recalling more than 46,000 Nissan Leaf electric vehicles from model years 2013, 2014, and 2015. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may suffer from a defect that interferes with braking during the colder months.
The problem is linked to the car's brake booster, which can suffer from electrical problems when the vehicle is parked in cold weather. NHTSA says that if the issue occurs, owners will see a brake warning lamp when they start their vehicles.
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NHTSA goes on to note that the brakes aren't fully disabled in such cases, but that they'll run in "assist mode". That could require owners to press harder on the brake pedal while driving, increasing stopping distances and potentially upping the risk of collisions.
The recall is limited to 2013-2015 Nissan Leaf vehicles built between November 19, 2012 and July 31, 2015. All told, Nissan estimates that 46,859 vehicles are affected.
Nissan says that it will mail recall notices to owners affected by the recall. After receiving those notices, owners will be able to take their vehicle to their local dealers, who will reprogram the software on the car's Intelligent Brake Control Unit.
If you believe that you own one of these vehicles and have questions, you're encouraged to contact Nissan customer service at 800-647-7261. You can also call NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #16V119000.