Nissan is recalling select 2013 and 2014 Nissan Pathfinder crossovers to fix a problem with the models' brake lights. Nearly 80,000 vehicles registered in the U.S. are affected by the recall.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Pathfinder's problem is rooted in its brake light switch, which may have been improperly installed. As a result, the electrical relay may get stuck in the "On" position, which would leave the brake lights illuminated and prevent other drivers from knowing when the Pathfinder's driver is truly braking.
Perhaps more alarmingly, NHTSA says that the problem "may interfere with the brake-shift interlock, allowing the driver to shift the vehicle out of the "Park" position, without depressing the brake pedal." That could allow the vehicle to move unexpectedly, potentially causing damage to persons and property nearby.
The recall includes 2013-2014 Pathfinder vehicles built between June 20, 2012 and June 13, 2013. Nissan estimates that 79,853 crossovers registered in the U.S. are affected.
Nissan says that it will mail recall notices to owners by July 25, 2016, directing them to take their vehicles to dealerships for service. Dealers will inspect Pathfinder's brake light switch and replace it, if necessary. The repair will be carried out at no charge.
If you believe that you own one of these vehicles and have further questions, you're encouraged to contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261. You can also call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #16V380000.