Nissan issues a third round of ABS pump recalls over fire concerns

Andrew Cummings
November 17, 2019

Nissan is recalling almost 400,000 vehicles in the US because of a braking system defect that could cause them to catch fire.

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

The recall covers autos in the 2015 to 2019 model lineup, including Infiniti QX60 and Nissan Pathfinder SUVs.

Some of these vehicles were already recalled in September 2018. Here's how Nissan explains it: "These vehicles were previously recalled and unrepaired, or inspected and determined to not need a fix". Most are in the United States and Canada.

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

On the first time around the dance floor with this issue in 2016, Nissan recalled around 130,000 vehicles.

Dealers now will replace the pumps on all of the vehicles.

Owners should expect to see notices from Nissan by December 2.

"If the ABS [anti-lock braking system] warning light is illuminated, the dealer will replace the ABS actuator with a new design part at no cost to the owner", Nissan wrote in the defect information report. In its second appearance in 2018, it was even bigger, with 215,000 owners getting a notice.

In a statement Friday, Nissan said a seal in the pump can leak brake fluid onto an electronic control circuit board.

The company said the problem is in the battery terminal fastener and could lead to a stall and electrical shorts that could cause fires, though it said it isn't aware of any fires, crashes or stalls resulting from the problem. They must contact Nissan so they can be towed to a dealer if their anti-lock braking system warning light shines for at least 10 seconds.

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