U.S., Canada. – Nissan Motor Co. Ltd– (NASDAQ: NSANY) made a dangerous mistake. The automaker is recalling 134,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because the brakes of the vehicles could catch on fire.
The carmaker issued a warning this week to 120,000 U.S. Nissan SUVs and Sedans owners to keep their vehicles parked outdoors so the company can inspect them and repair them.
There are other 11,000 Nissan cars parked in Canada waiting for inspection. There is also a handful of cars that Nissan will recall in Europe and Asia. The warning is the same and people should wait for the company’s instructions.
Nissan found a problem on the Antilock Brake System
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the antilock brake system (ABS) may have a seal that could break or leak fluid to the internal circuit board. If that occurs, the leak will cause a short circuit, and the risk of catching on fire would be very high. If this occurs, an ABS warning sing will blink on the instrument panel to warn the customer.
Drivers should be alert if they notice the light of ABS turning on at the dashboard. If that happens, people must stop driving immediately, park outside and call Nissan, so they can tow the vehicle.
The company will then turn the car for inspection and check if it needs repairs. Nissan will replace the whole braking system if they find the pieces are defective.However, if the
However, if the driver ignores the warning and continues to drive around, the fluid will eventually cause a fire and light up the breaks, possibly the wheels and even the whole car.
If the ABS warning light turns on for more than ten seconds after the engine starts, the driver should park the vehicle away from other cars and structures that could catch fire.
Nissan first detected the problem in June
Back in June, the company received the first complaint of “thermal damage” from a 2016 Nissan Maxima. When they inspected the vehicle, they found the fire had started in the area of the ABS.
The carmaker began working with the brakes supplier, a third-party manufacturer, to investigate the causes further. So far no one has been injured by the faulty brakes, but Nissan has already filed several incidents of fire damage to vehicles.
Source: NBC News