NHTSA investigating Nissan Altima for brake fluid leaks
This recall affects around 440,000 Nissan Altima sedans from 2007 and 2008, with the NHTSA announcing the investigation after receiving 20 complaints from owners about this master cylinder leak. In 18 of these occurrences, the only problem reported was that the brake warning light lit up, notifying the owner that he brake fluid levels were dropping to a dangerously low level. However, in the other two occurrences, the drivers reported that there was a noticeable decline in brake pedal effectiveness.
Should the 2007 and 2008 Nissan Altima sedans be found to have a part or manufacturer’s flaw that would cause this leak top spring up in more and more vehicles, Nissan may be forced to recall these 440,000 sedans. Even in the event that there is no noticeable change in brake pedal effectiveness, too many drivers have a tendency to ignore warning lights and when problems like this are left to fester – these people increase their chances of experiencing the loss in braking abilities. Of course, this problem increases the chances of an accident but it should also be noted that brake fluid is incredibly corrosive and flammable. While the reports of this brake fluid leak haven’t mentioned fire, depending on the location of the brake fluid leak, there could be a chance of fire and corrosion damage to the vehicle.
These investigations occasionally drag on for months and even years, so it could be a while before we know whether the 2007 and 2008 Nissan Altima sedans will be recalled to address this brake fluid issue. TorqueNews will continue following this topic, bringing you more news as it becomes available!
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