Nissan is recalling 1.2 million vehicles from model years 2018 and 2019, including its top two sellers Rogue and Altima, for a problem with their backup cameras.
The Japanese automaker admitted the mirrors are not in compliance with current safety standards in a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“The back-up camera and display settings can be adjusted such that the rear-view image is no longer visible and the system will retain that setting the next time the vehicle is placed in reverse,” according to NHTSA documentation.
The recall affects certain versions of the following 2018-2019 Nissan models: Altima, Frontier, Kicks, Leaf, Maxima, Murano, NV, NV200, Pathfinder, Rogue, Rogue Sport, Sentra, Titan, Versa Note and Versa Sedan.
Additionally, certain models of the 2018-19 model year Infiniti line-up are also affected, including the: Q50, Q60, QX30 and QX80. The 2019 Nissan GT-R, Nissan Taxi and Infiniti QX50, QX60, Q70 and Q70L are also subject to the action.
The recall is expected to start Oct. 21. Nissan will notify vehicle owners, and dealers will fix the vehicles for free by installing a software upgrade.
Federal safety regulators are probing the automatic emergency braking system on the Nissan Rogue after receiving a litany of complaints from owners who say the driver assistance system can slam the brakes on their vehicles even if there’s no potential obstacle in the way.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it has received 843 complaints, as well as reports of 14 crashes, linked to the AEB technology on Nissan Rogues. Over 550,000 of the compact crossovers sold in the U.S. are equipped with the system.
A separate class action lawsuit was filed last December and contends that the Rogue is one of several Nissan vehicles that can experience the problem – though NHTSA said its probe only targets the small crossover.
Complicating matters for Japan’s second-largest automaker, Nissan last year acknowledged the need to repair some of its products, including the Sentra sedan for essentially the opposite problem, emergency auto-braking systems whose radar systems would fail, deactivating the technology.