The 33,880 vehicles estimated to be in private owners' hands in these United States (plus another 895 on dealer lots) were all manufactured in Smyrna, TN, in the narrow window between February 10 and May 13 of this year. Nissan sold approximately 70,000 examples of the Rogue in the US during that three-month period, which tells us that only about half of them are affected by this recall. Since the Rogue is only offered with one engine and transmission combination, the difference might come down to the front- or all-wheel drive layout.
Fixing the problem will require dealers to inspect the gear lever and replace the knob where necessary. The campaign gets under way this month, so owners of affected units can expect to hear from the manufacturer soon, if they haven't already. In the meantime, the information is available in the notice posted below.
Report Receipt Date: NOV 20, 2015
NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V775000
Component(s): POWER TRAIN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 33,880
Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2015 Rogue vehicles manufactured February 10, 2015, to May 13, 2015. In the affected vehicles, due to a problem with the shift selector knob, it may be possible to shift out of the "Park" position without depressing the brake pedal. As such, these vehicles fail to conform to the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 114, "Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention."
If the shift selector can be moved out of the "Park" position while the brake pedal is not depressed, the vehicle may unexpectedly roll, increasing the risk of a crash.
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace the shift selector knob, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in December 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service 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 www.safercar.gov.