The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) says Nissan is recalling 120,000 new 2017 Maxima sedans and Murano crossovers because of fire risk. They are warning owners to park the vehicles outdoors, away from other vehicles or structures, and to not drive the vehicle if the ABS light stays on. What will happen if it doers?
What’s the issue?
Nissan North America and the NHTSA issued the recall Monday for the top-selling Maxima sedan, Murano crossover and Murano Hybrid. There is a problem with the vehicles brakes and they say brake fluid leaks can result in short-circuits and there’s a risk of fire. The affected vehicles have Anti-Lock Brake (ABS) actuator pumps that may allow brake fluid to leak onto an internal electrical circuit board.
What are they advising the driver should do?
The recall says the driver will know there’s a problem if the vehicle’s Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) warning light on the dashboard stays on for more than 10 seconds after engine startup. "If this occurs, owners are advised to park the vehicles outdoors away from other vehicles or structures and to not drive the vehicle," the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in its recall notice.
After the driver notices the ABS light staying on, they are advised to immediately call Nissan roadside assistance for help, says Steve Yaeger, a spokesman for Nissan North America. There have been several fires reported because of the ABS failure, including one that damaged a driver's home.
What vehicles are effected?
The recall applies to 2016-2017 Maxima with Intelligent Cruise Control, 2015-2017 Murano with Intelligent Cruise Control and 2015-2016 Murano Hybrid models. Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the ABS Actuator, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.