With the potential for leaking brake fluid to increase risk of fire, Nissan recalled about 134,000 vehicles on Friday. Most of the cars are located in the U.S. and Canada, and in some cases, owners are “advised to park the vehicle outdoors away from other vehicles or structures and to not drive the vehicle.”
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents, recalls include certain model years of the Nissan Maxima, Murano and Murano Hybrid. Here’s the detailed list of just which cars may be affected:
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima vehicles manufactured February 10, 2015, to August 19, 2016 and equipped with Intelligent Cruise Control, 2015-2017 Murano vehicles manufactured August 22, 2014, to August 19, 2016 and equipped with Intelligent Cruise Control, and 2015-2016 Murano Hybrid vehicles manufactured August 22, 2014, to July 19, 2016. The affected vehicles have Anti-Lock Brake (ABS) actuator pumps that may allow brake fluid to leak onto an internal electrical circuit board.
That brake fluid leaking onto the circuit board could cause an electrical short, increasing risk of fire. According to Automotive News, a Nissan spokesperson said no injuries in connection to the defect are known but there have been reports of incidents causing “thermal damage” to cars.
The NHTSA warned owners that when brake fluid leaks onto the circuit board as mentioned above, the ABS warning light will stay on for more than 10 seconds after the engine starts up. That’s when owners are advised to park the vehicle far, far away and wait for a tow truck.
The NHTSA said Nissan will inspect the cars, and, if necessary, repair the ABS actuator free of charge.