• May 21, 2009
Nissan has announced that they are recalling some 360,000 first generation Murano CUVs because of an engine stall risk. Apparently, the material they used for their air intake ducts is prematurely aging and shrinking, causing a separation risk in the system. That separation can cause an engine stall, "increasing the risk of a crash." The affected models are the 2003 through 2007 Nissan Muranos.

Anyone with one of those models should contact their Nissan service rep to arrange a free inspection and/or repair. Customers can also call Nissan directly at 1-800-647-7261. The parts for the recall should be available in great enough quantity by July 6, when the recall officially begins. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's full press release is after the jump.

This is just the latest in a string of recalls for the popular first-gen Nissan Murano, following seat belt, fuel tank, and electrical problems. Hat tip to Art!

[Source: NHTSA]

Press Release:

Report Date : May 21, 2009 at 02:09 PM
NHTSA Campaign ID number : 09V169000

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
NISSAN / MURANO 2003-2007

Manufacturer: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC. Mfr's Report Date: MAY 14, 2009

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V169000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 362891

Summary:
NISSAN IS RECALLING 362,891 MY 2003-2007 MURANO VEHICLES. THE INTAKE AIR DUCTS, WHICH ARE CONNECTED TO THE INTERMEDIATE RESONATOR IN THE AIR INTAKE SYSTEM OF THE ENGINE, MAY SEPARATE FROM THE RESONATOR WITH ENGINE MOVEMENT. THIS SEPARATION OCCURS DUE TO THE PREMATURE AGING OF THE MATERIAL USED IN THE INTAKE AIR DUCTS WHICH CAUSES EXCESSIVE SHRINKING.

Consequence:
ENGINE MAY STALL INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT AND REPLACE/REPAIR THE APPROPRIATE COMPONENTS FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JULY 6, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.

Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Aww man, I seriously just got the start of a migraine looking at that pic.

      Riding in my friend's Murano gives me headaches and nausea. Now I gotta go outside and get some fresh air. Certain cars and (cheesy, mellow seventies) music trigger major headaches in me. Been a problem for 30+ years and I've even taken biofeedback courses to battle the headaches.

      This screws up my evening. Ughhh...

      • 5 Years Ago
      Good god. I had been eyeing the Rogue as my next possible car, but now I just don't know.

      I feel bad for all the folks who bought Muranos, though. There are a LOT of them when I live.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree the first generation Murano was good looking. It had a muscle like appearance with curvy lines and aggressive stance. and then it went back to Japanese gadgetry.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Murano was pretty cool when it first came out, they really messed up the design of the 2nd gen though. Had a first gen in high school for a little bit. Didnt like it too much, the gear system is cool but it was really weird, the car felt really weird to drive.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That pic just reminded me again how much better that Murano looks compared to the new one. Still a terrible sounding name.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the original was definitely in it's own leage
        the new one has been uglified

        my wife has an 07 Black Murano and she'd do to trade it back in a year. she definitiely doesn't like the new one and will not go back to nissan for one unless they update the styling before then. she does love her car though and she's thinkig of the buy option
        • 5 Years Ago
        That is exactly how I felt when I saw the picture as well. Then I shuddered at the image of the PT Cruiser Convertible style Murano Convertible, Ew. While I do like the 370z, I kinda dig the 350z a bit more...

        Nissan Styling where are ye.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think Murano is a cool name. It's named after the Italian town famous for the beautiful and high quality hand blown glass. But damn, the original was one of the best looking SUV Crossover things an dthe new one is so butt ugly. How did they do that?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I work for a Nissan dealer and sometimes when this fails, you get a multi-cylinder misfire code and a lean a/f code if the tube didnt completely fall off. It usually happens between the box between the airbox and the throttle body.

      On another note, recently new Rogue's have problems with TPMS sensor nuts cracking apart causing tires to instantly deflate when driving.. thats a bigger problem imo
        • 5 Years Ago
        I hate "nuts cracking apart!"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cameron 6:41PM (5/21/2009)

      "Totally unrelated, but I worked at a Nissan dealership as a lot attendant when these things were brand new and they had the worst new car smell of any car I have ever been in."

      Holy cow. That's the problem. The friggin' stuffy smell must be the cause of my headaches.

      Thank you, Cameron. I don't know how to tell the guy nicely that I can't ride in his car anymore....

      • 5 Years Ago
      Totally unrelated, but I worked at a Nissan dealership as a lot attendant when these things were brand new and they had the worst new car smell of any car I have ever been in.

      The $9000 Suzuki Forenzas on the lot had a much more appealing mixture of VOCs!
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's with Nissan and air intakes, seriously?

      Remember not too long ago when they recalled Altimas because their air intakes could catch fire?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Am I the only one here who's surprised at how many they sold in 4 years? That's close or more than 90000 units per year, that's an amazing accomplishment. It's an entry luxury SUV (I've yet to see one for less than $30,000) and they've managed to sell so many of them. Anyone has the figures on the new one?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's 5:

        2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007

        That's about 72,600 per year. Which is still not too bad.
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