Nissan has recalled about 240,000 cars and SUVs worldwide because of a fire risk cautioning consumers to park their vehicles outdoors. According to an Associated Press news report, an anti-lock brake pump can leak brake fluid onto a circuit board causing an electrical short and increasing the risk of a fire. If drivers see the anti-lock brake warning lamp for more than 10 seconds after starting the engine, the automaker is urging them not to drive the vehicles and park them outdoors and away from structures or other vehicles. The recall includes certain 2015 to 2017 Nissan Murano, 2016 and 2017 Nissan Maxima, 2017 through 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and 2017 Infiniti QX60 vehicles.
Nissan estimates 56 percent of the vehicles have the problem, which has been traced to faulty seals in the pump. Some Muranos were also recalled for the same problem in 2016. According to documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it is not clear if there have been any fires. But a spokesman for Nissan said there have been no related injuries or crashes.
Nissan is asking owners to exercise an abundance of caution and park the vehicles outside if the anti-lock brake light stays on. If that happens, owners are also asked to contact Nissan or Infiniti to have the vehicle towed to a dealer. When the recall begins Oct. 15, dealers will inspect the pump serial numbers and replace them if necessary. Most of the recalled vehicles are in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
If Your Vehicle Has Been Recalled
If you are not sure if your vehicle is recalled, go to NHTSA’s website and enter your vehicle identification number or VIN. If your vehicle has been recalled, take it to a dealer immediately to perform the repairs. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and park your vehicle away from structures or other vehicles until the repairs are made.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of this auto defect, you may be able to seek compensation from the automaker for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. An experienced auto defect lawyer will be able to analyze all aspects of your case and help you hold the negligent automaker accountable for your losses.