The recall affects the Serena minivan, Infiniti M luxury model, X-trail sport utility vehicle and other models, the automaker said. No accidents have been reported related to the problem.
Most of the vehicles being recalled are in Japan. Others are in North America, Europe and Oceania, Yokohama-based Nissan said.
Sensors, manufactured in Japan, can malfunction, causing the vehicle to slow down and at times stop, it said.
The automaker has had several large recalls in the U.S. this year. Nissan joined other Japanese companies by recalling 480,000 vehicles for airbag issues in April. Nissan then recalled 841,000 cars in May due to steering issues and 13,000 Versa Notes were recalled just a month after it's launch due to problems with hardware in the body assembly.