Nissan is issuing a vehicle defect recall for 267,000 Pathfinder SUVs because of concerns that wear to the brake light switch relay could cause the brake lights to remain on even when the brakes are not being used. According to Consumer Reports, the problem affects certain 2013-2015 Pathfinder SUVs. It can also cause the brake-shift interlock to not function properly, allowing the driver to move the gear selector out of the “park” position without depressing the brake pedal.
Details of the Recall
According to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the location of the brake light switch may cause the brake light switch relay to repeatedly open and close. Over time, this can cause the relay to stick in the “on” position, with the brake lights remaining illuminated even when the brakes are not being applied. This could also interfere with the brake-shift interlock, allowing the driver to shift the vehicle out of the “park” position without depressing the brake pedal.
When the recall begins in March, dealers will either re-install the brake light switch or swap positions with the automatic speed control device switch, depending on the model year. Dealers will also replace the brake light relay with a new one. All repairs will be done at no cost to consumers. For more information, call Nissan customer service at 1-800-767-7669.
Vehicle Recall Process
Auto product defects may occur due to a mistake made during the manufacturing process or due to design flaws. When this occurs, automakers are required under federal law to recall the vehicles or vehicle parts in a timely manner. They are also required under the law to offer recall repairs at no cost to consumers.
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