Nissan is recalling over 394,000 vehicles in the United States because a brake fluid leak could pose the risk of a fire. According to an Associated Press news report, because of this risk, the automaker is urging owners to park the vehicles outdoors and away from the structure if the antilock brake light comes on for more than 10 seconds. This recall covers the Nissan Murano SUV from 2015 through 2018, the Maxima sedans from 2016 through 2018 as well as the Infiniti QX60 and Nissan Pathfinder SUVs from 2017 through 2019.
Details of the Recall
Nissan says an anti-lock brake actuator pump can leak fluid onto a circuit board causing fires and electrical shorts. It is not known if there were any fires, injuries or fatalities as a result of this auto defect. Some of the vehicles included in this recall are being recalled for the second time. In a 2018 recall, Nissan dealers inspected the vehicles and did not replace the pumps of fluid.
When this recall begins, dealers will replace the pumps on all of the vehicles. Recall notices will start going out to owners starting Dec. 2. Parts are available for the recalled vehicles with illuminated antilock brake lights. Owners will receive a second notice in the summer when additional parts become available.
Dangers of Car Fires
Vehicle fires pose a significant danger to life and property. It is important that vehicle owners, in this case, follow the automaker’s instructions and park their vehicles outside until they are repaired. It is also important that you take your car or SUV to the dealership so they can be repaired in a timely manner.
There are a number of steps drivers and vehicle occupants can take if their vehicle catches fire. First, pull over as quickly as it is safe to do so. Use your turn signal to make your way to a safe location off the road such as a breakdown lane or a rest stop. Once you have stopped, turn off the engine and get everyone out of the car. Move everyone at least 100 feet away from the burning car and well away from the traffic, and call 911.
If you have been injured in a vehicle fire caused by a defective part, you may be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation and pain, and suffering. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to offer you more information about pursuing your legal rights.