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Nissan recalls 2011 and 2012 370Z, Infiniti G37 over pinching risks

You read that title correctly – the NHTSA has announced a recall of 2011 and 2012 model year Nissan 370Z coupes and convertibles along with 2011 and 2012 Infiniti G37 coupes over a concern that the power windows may not be calibrated properly and should a body part be in the window when it is attempting to go up, it could cause a “pinch injury”.

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The power window system in the recalled 2011 and 2012 Nissan 370G and Infiniti G37 models are equipped with a safety auto-reverse feature which detects excessive back pressure against the window motor (like when an arm or finger – or even worse a dog’s neck - is preventing it from going up) and when it senses this issue, the window quickly stops going up and goes back down. It is kind of like walking under a garage door when it is going down…when the sensor detects something in the path of the door it stops its downward motion and goes back up to prevent crushing anyone or anything.

Unfortunately, the system that controls the power window auto-reverse feature on the recalled 370Z and G37 sports cars may not have been programmed properly so when something like an arm or finger is preventing the window from going up, rather than roll back down it will continue to attempt to close. As the NHTSA puts it, this increases the risk of a “pinch injury” so the Japanese automaker will soon issue a recall to replace the power window switches with new units that will allow the auto-reverse safety feature to work correctly so that no kids’ fingers will be pinched and no dogs’ days of enjoying their head poking out the window of their owners sports car will be cut short (no pun intended).

This recall affects 1,788 Nissan 370Z and Infiniti G37 models from the 2011 and 2012 model year. There have been no public reports of injuries caused by this problem but with some potential of injury to the driver or passenger, the company has made the smart call to recall and repair this problem. The recall is expected to formally begin on or around November 28th, 2011 at which point owners will be notified and asked to return to their friendly neighborhood Nissan dealership where the problem will be rectified free of charge. For more information, 370Z owners can contact Nissan Customer Service at 1-800-647-7261 while the pricier G37 owners can contact Infiniti at 1-800-662-6200.

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