Nissan has issued a voluntary recall for 188,000 vehicles that includes its popular Pathfinder due to an issue with the brake software. The potentially faulty software could increase the risk of vehicles being involved in a crash.
The recall affects 2013 and 2014 Nissan Pathfinders as well as 2013 Infiniti JX35 SUVs sold in the United States and throughout the world. The bulk of the affected vehicles were sold in the US totaling 151,695 units.
Reports of problems with the anti-lock brakes on vehicles while on uneven or rough road surfaces prompted the recall. The problem comes from software that could malfunction and cause a much longer stopping distance than drivers would anticipate.
This longer stopping distance increases the potential for a rear-end crash or for stopping too far into an intersection. Nissan has not received any reports of injuries due to the malfunctioning software.
This recall isn’t the first issue that Nissan has had with its Pathfinder and the JX35. Last month, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration opened an investigation into reports of problems with the vehicles’ transmissions failing.
Nissan has also already issued two separate recalls affecting the Pathfinder and JX35. In March, a recall was issued due to faulty airbag sensors that could keep the airbags from going off in a crash. This recall also affected the Altima, Sentra and Leaf.
The very next month they issued another recall, this time affecting just the Pathfinder and Infiniti JX models, for 19,000 vehicles. The culprit this time was a faulty brake component that could fail and make it difficult to stop the vehicle.
Owners of vehicles affected by this latest recall will be notified over the next few weeks and repairs will be made at no cost. The repair is fortunately a quick one, requiring only a reprogramming of the anti-lock brake controllers before owners can be on their way.
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.