(Reuters) – Japan's Nissan Motor Co Ltd ( 7201.T ) has stated that it recalls 394,025 cars in the United States due to a brake system failure, causing concern that a brake fluid leakage could potentially lead to a fire.
FILE PHOTO: A Nissan logo appears at the Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo, Japan, October 24, 2019. REUTERS / Edgar Su / File Photo
The leakage of internal circuit boards will trigger a warning to the drivers, which if ignored can lead to a fire in "rare cases," Nissan said in an application dated Nov. 8 with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) under recall number 18V-601.
"… if the warning is ignored and the vehicle continues to operate in this state, the brake fluid leakage can potentially create an electrical failure in the actuator circuit, which can rarely lead to a fire." said the Japanese car manufacturer.
The recall, reported on Friday by US media, includes Maxima sedans from 2016 to 2018, Infiniti QX60 luxury crossovers from 2017 to 2019, Murano SUVs from 2015 to 2018 and Pathfinder SUVs from 2017 to 2019, the filing showed.
The document does not mention whether the braking system failure actually caused fires or damage.
The company also reportedly stated n.pr/2rRlGpM that it was working to solve the problem and that the owners of the affected cars will be notified from the beginning of next month.
"When the measure is available, the owners will receive a final notification letter asking them to bring their vehicles to an authorized Nissan dealer or INFINITI dealer to get the job done at no cost to parts or labor," NPR told a e-mail message.
The development comes less than two months after NHTSA initiated a preliminary investigation of 553,000 Nissan Rogue sports vehicles following reports of their automatic emergency braking system included without warning or obstruction.
Incorrect inspections of brakes, steering wheels, speed measurements and vehicle stability had also caused the company to recall several thousand vehicles in Japan at the end of last year.
In September, the company recalled 1.3 million vehicles to fix a problem with its backup camera screens.
Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Daniel Wallis