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Nissan Recalling Over 188,000 SUVs

Faulty brakes blamed for increased crash risk.

by on Oct.23, 2013

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is part of a recall related to potentially faulty brake software.

Nissan plans to recall more than 188,000 of its sport-utility vehicles worldwide due to the increased risk of a crash posed by potentially faulty brake software, the maker has announced.

The move comes less than a month after the maker recalled more than 900,000 vehicles due to a flaw with accelerator sensors that could cause them to run slowly or even stall out.

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The latest safety service action was triggered by reports that, on rough or uneven roads the software used to control the vehicles’ antilock braking could malfunction and result in longer stopping distances than drivers might expect. As a result, a motorist might rear end another vehicle, for example, or fail to stop in time at an intersection. (more…)

First Look: 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid

Maker forecasts 24% mileage boost.

by on Mar.27, 2013

Nissan debuted its Pathfinder Hybrid in New York.

Nissan has already delivered some big surprises with the fourth-generation Pathfinder ute it launched earlier in the 2013 model-year. It revealed another during the opening day of the New York International Auto Show.

Long-averse to gas-electric technology, and preparing to focus on pure battery models like the Leaf, Nissan has shifted gears, so to speak. It will soon launch its first advanced-technology utility vehicle, the Pathfinder Hybrid.

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The new model is expected to yield about 26 mpg in the EPA’s Combined driving cycle, which would position the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid as one of the most fuel-efficient models in its segment, the maker claimed during its preview.

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Nissan Recalls Infiniti, Nissan Trucks for Bad Welds

Lower control link on front wheels can unexpectedly fail.

by on May.24, 2010

The tubing in question came from South Korea.

Nissan is recalling more than 41,000 model year 2010 Titan, Armada, QX56, Frontier, Xterra, and Pathfinder vehicles manufactured from November 19, 2009 through March 3, 2010 for a problem with the front wheels, which could send the trucks out of control.

The lower control link assembly has two made cylindrical collars forming the inboard attachment points to the chassis. Because of improper welding, some collars may contain welds that do not meet specifications. The tubing in question came from South Korea.

Nissan told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that if the collar weld separates, the vehicle handling will deteriorate because the wheel’s camber would radically change, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash.

Nissan will notify owners and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during June 2010. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov. NHTSA Campaign ID number: 10V208000.