Nissan has just issued a huge recall for 908,000 vehicles due to a problem with the accelerator sensor. This recall affects vehicles worldwide and includes about 98,300 in the United States alone.
The flawed accelerator sensor doesn’t cause the dreaded unintended acceleration people associate with accelerator recalls, but instead it causes the exact opposite. It could even make the engine stall completely. There have so far been no reported accidents or injuries as a result of the problem.
The vehicles affected by the accelerator sensor flaw were produced in Japan from the year 2004 up through 2013. The majority of the recalled vehicles are in fact in Japan coming in at 764,800 total. The vehicles recalled in that country include certain Serena minivans, the X-Trail sport utility vehicle, the Lafesta and the Fuga.
In the United States, the Nissan recall is a significantly smaller number of total cars. It affects only certain Infiniti M models although they have not yet announced exactly which model years and specific trim levels are included in the recall. There are some additional vehicles being recalled in Europe and Oceania, but the bulk of the recall is accounted for with the United States and Japanese vehicles.
The problem that initiated the recall comes from a potentially faulty accelerator sensor in the pedal that can become unstable. If this occurs, the result can be less-than-intended acceleration or possibly even an all-out stall of the vehicle.
Fortunately, there is a quick and easy fix for the problem. Owners will just need to bring their cars into their local Nissan dealerships for repair. The accelerator pedals in affected vehicles will be replaced and adjustments will be made to engine control programming in order to correct the problem. The whole process will only take about 90 minutes and customers will be able to drive away with their vehicles.
Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.