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Do You Own a Nissan? Company Recalls 400,000 Cars Over Braking System Defect

It seems that for Japanese carmaker Nissan, issues continue to find its way into its vehicles. Less than two months after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began its preliminary investigation into 553,000 Nissan Rogue SUV’s following reports of their automatic emergency braking systems engaging without warning or an obstruction, Nissan announced on Friday that it will be recalling close to 400,000 cars in the U.S. over a braking system defect.

For 394,025 vehicles, the defect has caused concerns as to whether a brake fluid leak could lead to a fire and ultimately compromise the safety of those driving and riding.

Back in September, Nissan recalled close to 1.3 million vehicles in efforts to remedy a problem with its backup camera displays. The faulty defect impacted most of the Nissan and Infiniti model lineups from 2018 and 2019 model years.

In its government filings, the company admitted that owners can adjust the camera displays so the image isn’t visible. However, this violates federal safety standards, and the lack of the back-up camera increases the likelihood of injury. As of October 21, dealers have been updating the backup camera software settings at no cost to owners.

Late last year, the company also recalled several thousand of its vehicles in Japan due to improper inspections of brakes, steering wheels, speed measurements and vehicle stability.

According to Nissan’s November 8 legal filing with the NHTSA, the defect—i.e. a leak into internal circuit boards would trigger a warning to drivers, but if ignored, could lead to a fire in “rare instances.” The filing identifies this recall under recall number 18V-601.

Is Your Vehicle Impacted?

In its Defect Identification Report, the Japanese carmaker identified vehicles including the Maxima sedans from 2016 through 2018, Infinity QX60 luxury crossovers from 2017 to 2019, Murano SUV’s from 2015 to 2018, and Pathfinder SUV’s from 2017 to 2019.

If the warning is ignored and the vehicle continues to be operated in this condition, the brake fluid leak may potentially create an electrical short in the actuator circuit, which in rare instances, may lead to a fire,” the Japanese car-maker said.

Nissan also emphasized that it is working to fix the issue and that owners of the affected vehicles will be notified starting early next month.

Once the remedy is available, owners will receive a final notification letter asking them to bring their vehicle to an authorized Nissan dealer or INFINITI retailer to have the remedy work completed at no cost for parts or labor,” it told in an interview with NPR.