Nissan has announced a recall of more than 215,000 model-year 2015-2018 cars and SUVs to fix a defect that could cause anti-lock brake fluid to leak onto an internal circuit board and start a fire or malfunction.
The recall covers the 2015-2017 Nissan Murano, 2016 and 2017 Nissan Maxima, the 2017 and 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, and the 2017 Infiniti QX60.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recall documents, the problem stems from the antilock braking system’s actuator pump seal. The seal may allow brake fluid to leak out onto the electronic circuit board causing a short in the vehicle’s electronic circuit board.
“If this occurs, an ABS warning lamp will continuously illuminate on the instrument panel to warn the driver. However, if the warning is ignored and the vehicle continues to be operated in this condition, the brake fluid leak may potentially create an electrical short in the actuator circuit, which in rare instances, may lead to a fire.”
According to the Associated Press, Nissan estimates the anti-lock brake seal defect is present in 56 percent of the recalled vehicles.
The majority of the vehicles affected by the recall are in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
The AP reports that Nissan urges drivers to refrain from driving their vehicles and park them outdoors and away from other vehicles or structures if they see the anti-lock brake warning lamp illuminate for more than 10 seconds after starting the ignition.
Nissan will begin notifying owners of the affected vehicles by first-class mail beginning Oct. 15. Nissan dealerships will inspect the serial number of the anti-lock braking system actuator on affected vehicles, and if it is within the affected range, the dealer will replace the actuator with a new part at no cost to the owner.