• Mar 3, 2010
Another day, another recall. This time Nissan is the automaker in question, recalling a total of 539,864 vehicles due to faulty brake pedal pins and fuel gauge components.

Nissan reports that three instances have been reported where brake pedal pins have partially disengaged, resulting in a loss of normal braking ability. Additionally, the fuel gauges in certain higher-mileage vehicles may incorrectly indicate the amount of fuel in the tank. The automaker sites that no accidents or injuries have been reported with either issue, and that all of its new vehicles currently on sale are not affected by these problems.

Vehicles affected by the brake pedal pins are the 2008-2010 Nissan Titan, Armada, Quest and Infiniti QX56. Of those recalled brake pins, 178,916 are in the United States and 25,869 in other markets. As for the fuel gauge inaccuracies, this affects 2005-2008 Nissan Titan, Armada and Infiniti QX56, as well as any Nissan Frontier, Pathfinder and Xterra models produced between January and March of 2006 or between October 2007 and January 2008. This accounts for 418,865 vehicles in the U.S. and 53,253 elsewhere in the world.

Beginning this month, Nissan will be notifying all owners of the vehicles in question, and they will be able to bring the vehicles to any Nissan or Infiniti dealer to have the problems repaired at no charge. For vehicles affected by the fuel gauge issues, Nissan recommends that in the mean time owners maintain a fuel level of no less than a half-tank. Hit the jump for the full details in Nissan's press release.

[Source: Nissan]
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NISSAN ISSUES VOLUNTARY RECALLS ON SELECTED VEHICLES TO CHECK BRAKE PINS AND CORRECT FUEL GAUGE INACCURACIES

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (March 2, 2010) – Nissan North America (NNA) today announced recalls to inspect and, if necessary, repair brake pedal pins and fuel-gauge components on certain trucks and minivans. No accidents or injuries have been reported with these issues.

"At Nissan, we're committed to the safety and satisfaction of our customers. We regret any inconveniences that our customers may experience as we take these precautions," said Kevin Martin, vice president of Total Customer Satisfaction for NNA.

These recall campaigns involve a total of 539,864 vehicles, a majority of which are in the United States.

REASON FOR THE RECALLS

There have been three reported instances of brake pedal pins partially disengaging, causing a loss of normal braking ability, and Nissan has determined that a manufacturing error on the part of the supplier is at the root of this issue. All vehicles currently on sale are free of this problem.

Unrelated to the brake-pin issue, vehicles at higher mileage levels may have fuel gauges which incorrectly indicate the amount of fuel in the tank. This may result in the vehicle running out of fuel while the gauge reads greater than empty. All vehicles currently on sale are free of this problem.

VEHICLES INVOLVED

Models and numbers of vehicles with potentially affected brake pedal pins are:
  • 2008 through 2010 model year Nissan Titan, Armada, Quest and Infiniti QX56
  • 178,916 in the U.S., 25,869 outside the U.S. (see box for locations)
Models and numbers of vehicles with potential fuel gauges inaccuracies are:
  • 2005 through 2008 model year Nissan Titan, Armada and Infiniti QX56
  • Nissan Frontier, Pathfinder and Xterra produced between January and March 2006 and between October 2007 and January 2008
  • 418,865 in the U.S., 53,253 outside the U.S. (see box for locations)
WHAT OWNERS OF POTENTIALLY AFFECTED VEHICLES SHOULD DO

Beginning in March, owners of potentially affected vehicles in the brake pedal pin recall are being notified to bring their vehicles to a Nissan or Infiniti dealership for a quick, simple, visual inspection and, if necessary, repair.

Also beginning in March, owners of potentially affected vehicles under the recalls for fuel gauge inaccuracies will be notified as to when they should bring their vehicles to their dealers for repair. Until their fuel gauge senders are repaired, customers with potentially affected vehicles are encouraged to maintain a fuel level of at least a half-tank.

Customers with questions are encouraged to contact Consumer Affairs at 1-800-NISSAN1 (1-800-647-7261) for Nissan vehicles, or 1-800-662-6200 for Infiniti vehicles. Customers may also contact their respective authorized Nissan or Infiniti dealers.

Locations of potentially affected vehicles:

Models

Vehicles

Location

Brake pin

Titan, Armada, QX56, Quest

178,916

40

6,246

31

215

1,927

15,670

8

212

1,389

126

5

United States

American Samoa

Canada

Taiwan

Guam

Mexico

Middle East

Nissan Japan Corporate Fleet

Puerto Rico

Russia

Ukraine

Saipan

Fuel Gauge

Titan, Armada, QX56

Frontier, Pathfinder, Xterra

418,865

55

10,978

370

6,023

32,147

50

2,355

1,149

123

3

United States

American Samoa

Canada

Guam

Mexico

Middle East

Nissan Japan Corporate Fleet

Puerto Rico

Russia

Ukraine

Saipan



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Sad, my 2005 Xterra is not listed as it has that issue with the fuel gauge. Ohwell, that is what the extended warranty is for i guess.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would call Nissan anyway if your model has an issue. Nissan is taking a proactive approach to this (rather than waiting for the NHSTA, like most recalls) and is trying to look as responsible as possible. If you call Nissan Northa America's office in Tennessee, they may suprise you.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would still have the Nissan dealership take a look at it. I had owned a 2005 Xterra and I had the same problems. I got it fixed under warranty.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Here is one question, if you produce parts some will fail, 6-sigma or not some parts are guaranteed to fail. I can not see the end here, do we expect our cars now to have 0 issues for the life of the car?

      At least there should be some criteria on what failure rate should it be considered a recall.

      But I say get the recal going while Toyota is on the spot

      • 4 Years Ago
      Amazing how many recalls there are all of a sudden. ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        they should have larger recalls even more than the toyota , nissan's qlt always a big issue
        • 4 Years Ago
        Unintended non-deceleration.
        • 4 Years Ago
        When someone is making negative headlines, there's no better time to release your recall than while the spotlight is on someone else. It's very normal.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think partially it's the fact that the manufacturers are more open to doing their big number recalls now when the heat is on Toyota, but also the fact that the heat is really on the NHTSA right now to act tough since they're being accused of having been sloppy. I wouldn't be surprised to see a few more very large recalls on their way.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That could be but I'm more inclined to think that OEMs are less likely these days, to sit on issues that could blow-up in their faces, and make them the next Toyota.
        I'm pretty sure everyone's more than content to let Toyota be the poster-child for unscrupulous automakers.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe there should be a recall of the year award.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Think i'll stay away from Japanese cars for a while... except those good ones they built in the 90's.. :p
        • 4 Years Ago
        stay away from gm products too, because something more dangerous can happens: servo asist can go boom and you will end in a tree. From my point of view is more dangerous this. And it happened to myself , the same thing but in a hyundai accent. The steering wheel, was then much "stronger" than a non servo car, because the motors inside de steering column oppose resistance. I was lucky that this thing hapenned in open road not on a curve or something
        • 4 Years Ago
        Your Ford brochure is in the mail.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Last night during "Parenthood" Nissan ran a series of ads discussing how they were committed to offering safe, quality vehicles for American families. Whoops!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Less than 1 issue per 100,000 Nissans. And they are fixing it before it becomes serious.

        We see recalls every month on Autoblog, and over the course of the year basically every automaker is affected.


        Sick of cherry-pickers, not matter what nationality they are cherry-picking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Total recall 2010
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks like GM is taking the opportunity to try to blame Toyota anyway they can. Toyota has 22.5% stake in Jtekt. It doesn't mean they ARE the company. Jtekt build parts for many automakers, including Chrysler and Suzuki. Jtekt didn't conform to all reliability and durability requirements? Then WHY DID GM GIVE THEM THE GO AHEAD? How stupid does Lutz think Americans are? Ugh.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait wait...Nissan reports that three instances have been reported....only 3 reports ignited a recall! damn talk about not letting the situation get out of hand...At least Toyota's problem has made all the automakers think twice about how soon they issue recalls.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree but since Toyota is in the spotlight of recalls, I would be scared as an automaker about not having any recalling campaign. That is why Hyundai recalled their 2011 Sonata and their new Tucson. Automakers rather be safe than sorry.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I used to work for the customer service department at a Nissan dealership and that fuel gauge problem has been a problem. The usual suspected models are the ones that are listed and our dealership did replace customer cars fuel gauges under warranty. At least Nissan is fixing the affected vehicles and since Toyota has been on the spotlight of their own recall issues, I would recall cars that have defective parts.
      • 4 Years Ago
      3 incidents out of 540,000 is a little rediculous for a recall don't you think? I think everyones just scared of becoming the next Toyota by avoiding issueing the recalls in the first place....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah but if you did the math on the Toyota recall the ratio isn't really any different. Toyota just sold more of those cars so they have a higher reported number, and the problems in the Toyotas aren't as clear cut as your brake pin having fallen out (so at least *some* of the reported incidents are probably user error like in the Audi panic). So since the ratio is similar it really makes no sense to argue that one recall is more necessary than another since this kinda stops you from being able to brake, which is kind of a big deal.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am waiting for them to recall my old Dodge Colt (Mitsubishi). The gas gauge didn't work for the last few years of it's life (350,000kms) and I ran into sudden unintended acceleration a couple of times. Of course it had a Carburetor and it wasn't uncommon to get a sticky throttle back in the Carburetor days. We also had a manual choke installed on it which if you didn't know how to use it could cause it to suddenly stall. Yet I still recall it as being a solid dependable car that safely took me on more than one cross country trip.

      I am glad the car companies are taking safety and standing behind their products a bit more seriously. The hysteria though is a bit much. Most of us lived through driving vehicles with far more serious defects and issues than this. Name any vehicle built in the 1980's and it likely had all of these issues and more.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lol, well don't hold your breath on that one.

        Cars back then were a lot less safe in a crash, but at least the car was less likely to actually MAKE you get into a crash..
      • 4 Years Ago
      I feel like all the automakers are making recalls now just to "get it out their system" lol. Well, they all have recalls, some more than other though. I hope Ford can continue to dodge having to make a LARGE recall this year

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