Nissan is recalling more than 12,000 Nissan Murano crossovers and Maxima sedans from the 2016 model year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that some of those vehicles may have a problem with their braking systems that could boost the risk of accidents.
The issue is rooted in brake actuators supplied by Advics North America. Those actuators control the vehicles' Anti-Lock Braking system (ABS) and Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC). As a NHTSA defect bulletin explains:
"There is a possibility that some ABS Actuators may have been assembled with a pump containing an O-ring that was damaged in such a way that the brake fluid pressure may not be properly controlled during ABS and VDC system activation."
As a result, the functionality of those two systems may be reduced due to low brake fluid pressure. That can increase the time drivers need to stop their cars, which, in turn, increases the risk of accidents.
The recall is limited to the following dates of manufacture:
- 2016 Nissan Murano vehicles built between December 17, 2015 and February 11, 2016
- 2016 Nissan Maxima vehicles built between November 25, 2015 and February 12, 2016
The recall is further limited to cars equipped with ABS and VDC. Nissan says that 12,616 vehicles in the U.S. will be subject to recall
Owners of those vehicles should receive recall notices from Nissan on or shortly after June 4, 2016. The notices will instruct owners to take their vehicles to Nissan dealerships, where their ABS actuators will be inspected and replaced as necessary, at no charge.
If you believe that you own one of these vehicles, you're encouraged to contact Nissan customer service at 800-647-7261, or call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #16V193000.