DETROIT (AP) – Nissan recalls over 450,000 vehicles worldwide because a brake fluid leak can cause them to fire.
Due to fire risk, the company encourages owners to park their vehicles outdoors and away from structures. if the brake light for the light comes on for more than 10 seconds.
The recall, detailed in documents issued by the US government, covers the Nissan Murano SUV from 2015 to 2018, and Maxima sedans from 2016 to 2018. Also included the Infiniti QX60 and Nissan Pathfinder SUVs from 2017 through 2019. Most are in the United States and Canada.
Nissan states that an antilock brake actuator pump can leak fluid on a circuit board and cause electric shorts and fires.
Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration did not say if there had been any fires or injuries in vehicles covered by the latest recall. A Nissan spokeswoman said she wanted to look into the matter and messages were left seeking details from the NHTSA.
It is Nissan's third recall of the same problem, and the company is constantly expanding the number of affected models. About 1[ads1]20,000 US vehicles were recalled in 2016, and Nissan issued a recall for 215,000 in 2018. A fire in a 2016 Maxima hit the first recall, according to government documents. In both previous recalls, Nissan dealers inspected the vehicles, but replaced only some of the pumps.
The dealers will now replace the pumps on all vehicles. Alerts that tell the owners about the security risk will be sent on December 2. Parts are available for vehicles with illuminated brake lights.
Owners will be notified again next summer when additional parts are available.
In a statement Friday, Nissan said a seal in the pump could leak brake fluid on an electronic control board. In rare cases, the leaks can cause electrical failure, the company said.
If the brake warning light remains on, vehicles should be parked outside, and owners must contact Nissan or Infiniti using the roadside to have them towed to a repair dealer.
"Nissan Group is committed to the safety, security and satisfaction of our customers and their passengers," the statement states.