Nissan is recalling nearly half a million vehicles all over the world due to problems with the pressure sensor, which may cause gas leaks and potentially lead to fires.
In a document posted on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Japanese maker says it is calling back more than 470,000 vehicles sold in several markets due to production issues with insufficiently tightened fuel pressure sensors that Nissan says could result in a leak due to increased heat and vibration over time.
"If a fuel leak were to occur, it could increase the risk of a fire in the presence of an ignition source," says (pdf) Nissan.
The recall affects vehicles with direct injection engines, specifically Nissan's Juke SUV from model years 2012 to 2014, the 2012-2013 M56 and Infiniti QX56 from Nissan's Infiniti luxury line, and the Infiniti QX70 and QX80 SUVs from model years 2014 and 2015. The vehicles mentioned are for the United States market, where more than 133,000 of the 470,000 vehicles are located.
In other markets, the affected vehicles include the Nissan Serena, Tilda, Pulsar, X-Trail and Patrol. More than 233,000 of these vehicles are located in Nissan's home country Japan; some 71,500 in Middle Eastern markets; and another 22,500 in Europe. The rest are scattered over other markets, including Latin America, Africa and China.
Steve Yaeger, a spokesperson for Nissan, says the company knows no report of deaths or injuries resulting from the problematic fuel pressure sensors.
Nissan informed the NHTSA of its recall on Nov. 26, but the agency only posted the information on its website on Tuesday. All customers who are affected by the recall will also be notified by mail. The car maker will shoulder all expenses to retighten the fuel proper sensors to the proper torque specification at no cost to the customer.
In 2012, Nissan announced a recall for some 79,000 vehicles, mostly Nissan Jukes from model years 2011 to 2012, in the U.S. for a similar problem.
Meanwhile, three other automakers have posted recalls for their vehicles this week, including a South Korean car company and two European car makers.
Hyundai announced recalls for more than 43,000 Genesis sedans from model years 2009 to 2011 and Equus sedans from 2011 for malfunctioning brake lights after the NHTSA notified Hyundai of complaints from customers.
Jaguar is also recalling 1,700 F-Type sports cars due to defects in the occupant classification system that could accidentally deploy the airbag on the passenger side and harm a child or a small adult.
Porsche also posted a recall for some 1,400 sports cars, namely Boxter Caymans and 911s, for a problematic front hood latch that may cause the hood to open accidentally.