Nissan is recalling 450,000 cars worldwide amid fears leaking fluid could make cars burst into flames.
Nissan is recalling 450,000 cars worldwide amid fears leaking fluid could make cars burst into flames.

Nissan fire fears as 450k vehicles recalled

Nissan is recalling more than 450,000 vehicles worldwide because a brake fluid leak could cause them to catch fire.

Because of the fire risk, the company is urging owners to park the vehicles outdoors and away from structures if the anti-lock brake light comes on for more than 10 seconds.

The recall, detailed in documents posted on Friday by the United States government, covers the Nissan Murano SUV from 2015 through 2018, and Maxima sedans from 2016 through 2018.

Also included are Infiniti QX60 and Nissan Pathfinder SUVs from 2017 through 2019.

Most are in the US and Canada.

Nissan is recalling more than 450,000 vehicles worldwide over the brake fluid leak concerns. Picture: AP/Shizuo Kambayashi
Nissan is recalling more than 450,000 vehicles worldwide over the brake fluid leak concerns. Picture: AP/Shizuo Kambayashi

Nissan says an anti-lock brake actuator pump can leak fluid onto a circuit board, causing electrical shorts and fires.

Documents filed with the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) didn't say if there had been any fires or injuries in vehicles covered by the latest recall.

A Nissan spokeswoman said she would look into the matter, and messages were left seeking details from NHTSA.

It's Nissan's third recall for the same problem, and the company keeps expanding the number of affected models.

It is Nissan’s third recall for the same problem. Picture: AP/Eugene Hoshiko
It is Nissan’s third recall for the same problem. Picture: AP/Eugene Hoshiko

About 120,000 US vehicles were recalled in 2016, and Nissan issued a recall for 215,000 in 2018.

A fire in a 2016 Maxima touched off the first recall, according to government documents.

In both previous recalls, Nissan dealers inspected the vehicles but only replaced some of the pumps.

Dealers now will replace the pumps on all of the vehicles. Notices telling owners of the safety risk will be sent December 2.

Parts are available for vehicles with illuminated anti-lock brake lights.

Nissan Pathfinder SUVs from 2017 to 2019 are implicated in the recall (pictured is 2011 model).
Nissan Pathfinder SUVs from 2017 to 2019 are implicated in the recall (pictured is 2011 model).

Owners will get a second notice next summer when additional parts are available. In a statement on Friday, Nissan said a seal in the pump can leak brake fluid onto an electronic control circuit board. In rare cases, the leaks could cause an electrical short, the company said.

If the anti-lock brake dashboard warning light stays on, vehicles should be parked outside and owners should contact Nissan or Infiniti roadside assistance to have them towed to a dealer for repairs.

"Nissan Group is committed to the safety, security and satisfaction of our customers and their passengers," the statement said.


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