Nissan is recalling 3,065 units of the 2013 Pathfinder equipped with the CVT, due to a potential transmission fluid leak. On crossovers built from April 18, 2012 to October 3,2012 "inadequate clamping force" on the hose connected to the internal oil cooler can cause the hose to come loose and let fluid escape. A severe loss of fluid can cause the transmission to stop working properly.

The recall is the result of a safety investigation begun last September, when it was thought a recall could involve 110,000 units of the Pathfinder and Infiniti JX35. Asked for comment about how such a large number of vehicles potentially involved could end up with just 3,065 being recalled, Nissan rep Steve Yaeger told Autoblog that Nissan initiated a service campaign for the issue last year - a service campaign notifies owners to take their vehicles to the dealer for repair of "what is generally not a safety issue" - and that there was a "production improvement" that addressed the clamping issue. The service campaign included the vehicles being recalled, but the recall is limited to just those vehicles that were built before the production-line fix.

Nissan will begin informing affected owners next month, at which time owners can take their vehicles to dealers to have the hose clamp repaired. The press release below from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has more information.
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Report Receipt Date: MAR 26, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V142000

Vehicle Year(s) Make Model Model: 2013 NISSAN PATHFINDER
Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.

Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013 Pathfinder vehicles manufactured April 18, 2012, through October 3, 2012, and equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). In the affected vehicles, the internal oil cooler (ITOC) hose may detach from the cooler due to inadequate clamping force, allowing transmission fluid to leak.

The loss of transmission fluid could cause the transmission to function improperly and the vehicle to stop accelerating, increasing the risk of a crash.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will install an oil hose repair kit, free of charge. The recall will begin in May 2014. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to

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      • 8 Months Ago
      I have always been nervous of these belt CVTs especially as they are being put into bigger and more powerful vehicles, but I didn't think they would be done in by a weak hose clamp.
      • 3 Months Ago

      This same exact problem happened to my 1998 Nissan Altima last week.

      • 8 Months Ago
      This turd must be a nightmare to own. Engine stalling and transmission issues.
        • 8 Months Ago
        the vehicle had an issue with the CVT program , that cause the engine to shudder under slow acceleration or below 1500 RPM, it was never the engine, but as nissan state they caught the problems and solve it.
          • 7 Months Ago
          Actually people complained about it...was on my local news. THEN Nissan did something about it.
      Josephine Rigatoni
      • 8 Months Ago
      They need to recall this POS for its name. This is now a four door mini van not an off road vehicle.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Wow, they sold 3,065 of these things? I guess it's true, there is a sucker born every 171.484502 minutes!
      • 8 Months Ago
      i didn't know the outback came in extra large