(Reuters) – Japanese Nissan Motor Co Ltd ( 7201.T ) has said it recalls 394,025 vehicles in the United States due to a brake system failure, causing concern that a brake fluid leak could potentially lead to a fire.
FILE PHOTO: A Nissan logo is pictured at the Tokyo Motor Show, Tokyo, Japan October 24, 2019. REUTERS / Edgar Su / File Photo
The leakage of internal circuit boards will trigger a warning to drivers, which if ignored can lead to fire in "rare cases," Nissan said in a filing dated Nov. 8 with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) under recall number 18V-601.
"… if the warning is ignored and the vehicle continues to operate in this condition, the brake fluid leakage can potentially create an electrical defect in the actuator circuit, which in rare cases can cause a fire," said the Japanese carmaker.
The recall, reported on Friday by US media, includes Maxima sedans from 2016 to 2018, Infiniti QX60 luxury transitions from 2017 to 2019, Murano SUVs from 2015 to 2018 and Pathfinder SUVs from 2017 to 2018 2019, the filing showed.
The document does not mention whether the defect in the braking system actually caused fires or injuries.
The company also allegedly told n.pr/2rRlGpM that it was working to resolve the issue and that owners of the affected cars will be notified from the beginning of next month.
"When the remedy is available, owners will receive a final warning letter asking them to bring the vehicle to a Nissan Authorized Dealer or INFINITI Dealer for repair work at no cost to parts or labor," it told NPR in an email statement.
The development comes less than two months after NHTSA opened a preliminary survey of 553,000 Nissan Rogue sports cars following reports that their automatic emergency braking systems were operating without warning or obstruction.
Incorrect inspections of brakes, steering wheel, speed measurement and vehicle stability had also caused the company to recall several thousand cars in Japan late last year.
In September, the company recalled 1.3 million vehicles to fix a problem with its security cameras.
Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel Wallis