Due to a number of manufacturing defects and malfunctions, Nissan has recalled almost a million vehicles in recent months.
Nissan has issued a worldwide recall to replace defective accelerator sensors in the Serena minivan, the Infiniti M luxury model, X-trail sports utility, and a number of other popular models. The malfunctioning sensors, made in Japan, may cause the engine to stall when the vehicle is moving, creating a serious traffic hazard. In North America alone, this recall affects over 98,000 Infiniti M35 and Infiniti M45 vehicles made between 2004 and 2010.
In North America, Nissan is also recalling 23 Infiniti Q50s from the 2014 model year for problems with their Direct Adaptive Steering systems. The software defect may result in the disabling of the power steering mechanism and delayed start of the mechanical steering backup when the engine compartment temperatures drop below the freezing point. As the potential loss of steering dramatically increases the risk of serious accidents, Nissan advised owners to have the vehicles towed to a local dealer for the software upgrade.
Air Bag Defects
In recent months, Nissan has recalled more than 2,000 Pathfinders (2014 model year) with almond interiors after learning that the front passenger air bags were installed incorrectly. This could lead to failure of air bag deployment in the event of a crash and cause greater injuries to passengers.
The Infiniti JX35, made in 2013, was also recalled for defective air bags. With this particular model, the problem lies in the passenger seat detection sensor that can prevent the air bag from deploying. This increases the risk of injuries to passengers in the event of a crash. Before replacing the defective sensors, Nissan will need to check all vehicles for the defect.
Brake Master Cylinder
Over 3,000 Armada and Titan vehicles from the 2013 model year have been recalled by Nissan because of defects in the brake master cylinder. The defective cylinders may reduce the braking power to the front wheels, leading to accidents.
Other vehicles recalled by Nissan for defective braking systems include the Infiniti JX35 made from 2011 to 2013 and the Infiniti QX60 made in 2013. In these vehicles, a defect in the antilock brake system software could lead to a decreased ability to stop.
Lower Body Sill Bolts
Nissan has found that over 7,000 Versa Notes have missing or improperly secured lower body sill bolts. This may jeopardize the integrity of the car in the event of a rear end crash, increasing the likelihood of injuries to the driver and passengers.