Recently, Nissan Motors recalled at least 3,94,025 cars in the United States over a braking system defect, causing concerns that a brake fluid leak could potentially lead to a fire.
In a filing dated November 8 with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) under recall number 18V-601, Nissan said, “The leak into internal circuit boards will trigger a warning to drivers, which if ignored may lead to a fire in rare instances.”
"... 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 automaker said.
According to the Nissan Motors filing, the recall includes Maxima sedans from 2016 through 2018, Infiniti QX60 luxury crossovers from 2017 to 2019, Murano SUVs from 2015 to 2018 and Pathfinder SUVs from 2017 to 2019. However, the filing does not mention whether the brake system defect actually caused any fires or injuries.
Reportedly, the Japanese automaker said that it was working to fix the issue and that owners of the affected cars 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," the automaker told NPR in an emailed statement.
It is worth mentioning here that back in September, the automaker recalled 1.3 million vehicles to fix a problem with its backup camera displays.