Nissan will recall 79,853 examples of the 2013-2014 Pathfinder in the United States because their brake lights might not shut off. The campaign covers the SUVs with production dates between June 20, 2012, and June 13, 2013.
Incorrect installation of the brake light switch can cause the lights to remain on even when someone isn’t using the pedal. This could be quite confusing to other people on the road and could be dangerous. The problem can also interfere with the brake-shift interlock by letting the driver leave the vehicle without shifting into park, which could cause the SUV to roll away.
Nissan first issued a Technical Service Bulletin about this problem in December 2015. In April 2016, warranty data showed that Pathfinders built before June 2013 had a higher failure rate than the rest of the population. The automaker investigated further and decided a recall was necessary for them. The company’s documents to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration don’t mention any injuries or fatalities from this problem.
Nissan dealers will inspect if the brake light switch is installed correctly. If not, they will replace the parts as necessary. The safety campaign will begin July 25, 2016.
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RECALL Subject : Brake Light Switch Malfunction
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V380000
Component(s): EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 79,853
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
- NISSAN PATHFINDER 2013-2014