The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began an investigation of the 2003 and 2004 Infiniti M45 late last year over inaccurate fuel gauge readings, and now that probe has resulted in an official recall. The culprit has been identified as a faulty circuit board that causes the gauge to register more fuel in the tank than the car actually has.

According to NHTSA, Infiniti will begin notifying owners in mid-April, at which time they can take their sport sedans to the dealer to be replaced free of charge. Follow the jump for the official word from NHTSA with more details.
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Report Date: March 13, 2012 at 10:52 AM
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 12V088000

Vehicle Make / Model: INFINITI / M45
Model Year(s): 2003-2004
Manufacturer: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.

Mfr's Report Date: MAR 05, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V088000
NHTSA Action Number: PE11038

Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 8,120

Summary:
NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2003-2004 INFINITI M45 VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM MARCH 7, 2002, THROUGH JUNE 3, 2004. DUE TO A CIRCUIT BOARD FAILURE, THE FUEL GAUGE MAY READ A FUEL LEVEL HIGHER THAN ACTUALLY EXISTS. AS A RESULT, THE VEHICLE MAY RUN OUT OF GAS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Consequence:
THE VEHICLE MAY STALL WITHOUT WARNING, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
NISSAN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL MODIFY THE CIRCUIT BOARD FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS SCHEDULED TO BEGIN IN MID-APRIL 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN CUSTOMER SERVICE AT 1-800-647-7261.

Notes:
CUSTOMERS MAY 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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      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      "According to NHTSA, Infiniti will begin notifying owners in mid-April, at which time they can take their sport sedans to the dealer to be replaced free of charge." Wow, they get a whole new car, for free? Like an M56? That's how that sentence reads.
      Hernan
      • 2 Years Ago
      That car was made in 2003???
      methodman420
      • 2 Years Ago
      This reminds me of those classic 80's - 90's japanese designs. They won't make cars that evoke such emotion that my 6th gen accord does
      regionrat
      • 2 Years Ago
      I...laughed when I saw the photo. I don't see many of these on the road!
        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @regionrat
        I actually saw one yesterday and was reminded of it's existence after so many years. It really looks 10 years older than it is.
      e46mike
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd still love to have one of these... In all reality, this is what LINCOLN should be building right now.
      Soccer Mom
      • 2 Years Ago
      What, all three of them are recalled now?
      John S
      • 2 Years Ago
      I only ever saw like 2 of these. Always though there was something weird about them that I couldn't put my finger on.
      Lester
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if they'll look into the fuel tank level readout issue the G35 has as well?
      Juan Siller
      • 2 Years Ago
      they should recall it for being a very ugly car, not as ugly as the aztek but still pretty ugly!
      over9000
      • 2 Years Ago
      what a handsome car... even by 2012 standards.
        Basil Exposition
        • 2 Years Ago
        @over9000
        Seriously? I think it does a pretty good job walking the line between boring and odd. The grill and lights look like decals like on a Nascar vehicle. At least it is not bulbous like the new ones though.
      Stinkyboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      this looks sleek, like a muscle car. the new ones are bloated boats.
      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      this POS looks like it's 20 years old...terrible design and very dated looking
        puto.escobar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carfan
        it's actually 13 years old, but it's a great design with a clean retro feel to it
        eddyjoe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @carfan
        i like the design! every time i see one, which isn't often enough for obvious reasons, i break neck. carfan, you're entitled to your opinion, of course. have a good day.
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