Nissan and Suzuki recall more than 360,000 vehicles for braking problems

Nissan pathfinder Nissan North America image Nissan and Suzuki recall more than 360,000 vehicles for braking problemsAccording to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Nissan and Suzuki have both issued large-scale recalls of vehicles due to issues with the braking systems.

Nissan will be recalling around 153,000 2013-14 Nissan Pathfinders, 2013 Infiniti JX35s and 2014 Infiniti QX60s. Suzuki will recall 210,000 motorcycles, including the 2004-13 GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 models, as well as 2005-13 GSX-R1000s.

The brake problem for Nissan’s vehicles occurs during light braking on rough roads. The anti-lock braking system can allow “stopping distances that are longer than customer’s expectation for the given pedal force. This may increase the risk of a crash,” the manufacturer reports. Steve Yaeger, a spokesman for Nissan, claims that Nissan is unaware of any accidents related to the issue.

Suzuki states its brake problem stems from the deterioration of the front brake piston which may generate gas within the brake system itself. This may lead to a reduction of stopping power in the recalled motorcycles. Suzuki has no reports of any accidents related to the recall.

Despite Nissan and Suzuki’s descriptions referring to the recalls as “voluntary,” federal safety regulations require that once an automaker is made aware of a safety concern it must notify the NHTSA of its recall strategy within five business days or face a civil fine.

The New York Times