Recently, Nissan announced a concerning recall on several of their most popular models. According to the automotive manufacturer, this latest round of auto recalls has been put into place due to the risk of the vehicles spontaneously catching fire.
This, of course, is a very serious problem that has left many Nissan owners deeply concerned about the safety of their vehicle. Recalls on defective products are always worth paying careful attention to, but car fire recalls are certainly in a league of their own when it comes to the threat that they pose. If you own a Nissan vehicle, be sure to read on to learn what you need to know about these auto recalls.
The Issue Which Led to the Nissan Recalls
According to Nissan, the malfunction which has created a fire risk in their vehicles and has led to the auto recalls of over 240,000 vehicles is due to a loose seal in the anti-lock brake pump. A vehicle’s anti-lock brake pump is designed to regulate fluid pressure during braking and is normally tightly sealed in order to ensure that no brake fluid leaks out. On certain Nissan models, though, a loose seal in the anti-lock brake pump has created the potential for brake fluid to leak out from the pump and come in contact with a circuit board in the vehicle. This, in turn, can cause an electrical short in the vehicle and put the vehicle at risk of catching fire.
Nissan warns that if the owner sees the anti-lock brake warning lamp stay on for more than ten seconds after starting their vehicle that they should avoid driving the vehicle and should park it outdoors away from other structures and vehicles.
Nissan Models Affected by the Car Fire Recalls
The Nissan recalls reportedly affect over 240,00 vehicles across the world, though Nissan has reported that the majority of defective products are found in the US, Canada, and Mexico. As for the specific models affected by these car fire recalls, the models that Nissan has recalled include the:
- 2015 Nissan Murano
- 2016 Nissan Murano
- 2017 Nissan Murano
- 2017 Nissan Maxima
- 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
- 2017 Infiniti QX60
- 2018 Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan has estimated that 56% of these vehicles have an issue with the anti-lock brake pump that could lead to the vehicle catching fire. While this statistic doesn’t mean that 56% of the 240,000 vehicles will catch fire, the fact that such a large amount of vehicles on the road have the potential to catch fire is plenty concerning enough. Nissan would not comment on whether or not they had received any reports of vehicles catching fire, though they did say that, so far, there have been no crashes or injuries due to the defective products.
The Seriousness of Car Fire Recalls
While auto recalls should always be taken seriously for both the safety of the driver and passengers as well as the safety of the vehicle, these latest Nissan recalls are particularly concerning. One important reason why car fire recalls pose such a serious risk – particularly in the case of the Nissan recalls – is the fact that the vehicles have the potential to catch fire even when the engine is not running. Since the circuit board that may be exposed to brake fluid from the leaking anti-lock brake pump is always receiving electrical current from the battery regardless of whether or not the engine is running, the recalled Nissan vehicles could catch fire at any time – even if they are safely parked with the engine turned off. This means that the vehicles create a concerning fire hazard that could set your garage, other vehicles, or anything else in close proximity to the defective vehicle on fire.
Of course, the potential for the defective products in the anti-lock brake pump to malfunction and set the vehicle on fire while you are operating it is even more concerning. Having your vehicle catch fire while you are driving down the road is nothing short of a nightmare scenario that could very easily lead to serious injury or death. Suffice it to say that if you own one of the Nissan vehicles listed above, it’s crucial that you follow all recommended instructions to the best of your ability.
What to do if You are Affected by the Nissan Recalls
If you own one of the seven models that Nissan has recalled, start by parking your vehicle outdoors away from anything that could catch fire. Starting on October 15, Nissan dealers will begin inspecting the anti-lock brake pumps of recalled vehicles and replacing them if necessary. However, if you are concerned about driving your vehicle to the dealer then you should contact your dealer, express your concerns, and see what options you have available.
Given the seriousness of these recalls, we at GOM LAW are advising those who have been injured while driving a recalled Nissan vehicle need to explore the legal options they have available. This serious oversight by Nissan has created a troubling risk that has gone unnoticed for far too long, meaning that you may have been driving a very dangerous vehicle for months or even years without ever realizing it. If you or any of your loved ones have been injured please contact GOM LAW in McAllen, TX.