Fire danger causes Nissan to recall over 394,000 vehicles
In this July 25, 2019, photo, a staff member stands by a window of a Nissan car gallery in Tokyo. Japanese automaker Nissan has seen July-September profit tumble to half of what it earned the previous year as sales and brand power crumbled since the arrest of former Chairman Carlos Ghosn a year ago. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
The Associated Press
Published Friday, November 15, 2019 10:41AM EST
DETROIT - Nissan is recalling over 394,000 vehicles in the U.S. 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 antilock brake light comes on for more than 10 seconds.
The recall, detailed in documents posted Friday by the U.S. 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.
Nissan says an antilock brake actuator pump can leak fluid onto a circuit board, causing electrical shorts and fires.
Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration didn't say if there had been any fires or injuries. Messages were left Friday seeking details from the agency and from Nissan.
Some of the vehicles are being recalled for a second time. In a 2018 recall, Nissan dealers inspected the vehicles and did not replace the pumps if fluid wasn't leaking.
Dealers now will replace the pumps on all of the vehicles. Notices telling owners of the safety risk will be sent Dec. 2. Parts are available for vehicles with illuminated antilock brake lights.
Owners will get a second notice next summer when additional parts are available.