Nissan recalls Titan, Armada, Frontiers, and Pathfinders due to electrical systems

October 28th, 2010 - this article is free to republish with open public license

Several vehicles have been recalled by Nissan. The action stems from electrical systems which may cause a engine failure in models produced between 2003 and 2006.

Effected Vehicles

  • Nissan Armadas and Titans from 2004 to 2006,
  • Infiniti QX56s from 2005 and 2006
  • Nissan Frontiers, Pathfinders and Xterras from August 2003 and June 2006.

The company said that it needs to replace the electrical relays in the engine control modules — the computers that control engine performance and other essential components of motor vehicles.

The Japanese automaker said the problem may cause the engine to stall. In extreme cases, a stalled engine cannot be restarted.

“Silicon vapor may form inside the electrical relay that supplies voltage to the engine control module,” said the company. “Over time, this vapor could create oxidation on the electrical contacts in the relay that may lead to engine performance issues, including the possibility of stalling at low engine speeds. ”

No related injuries or accidents have been reported, Nissan said.

In addition to the U. S. recall, Nissan North America said the recall extends to 23,000 of these vehicles in Canada.

World-wide, the company is recalling 2. 2 million of these vehicles with similar potential for failure.

In Japan, the models affected include Cube, Lafesta, March, Note, Serena, Sylphy, Tiida, Tiida-Latio and Wingroad.

About Nissan

It formerly marketed vehicles under the “Datsun” brand name and is one of the largest car manufacturers. As of August 2009, the company’s global headquarters is located in Nishi-ku, Yokohama. In 1999, Nissan entered a two way alliance with Renault S. A. of France, which owns 44. 4% of Nissan while Nissan holds 15% of Renault shares, as of 2008.

The current market share of Nissan, along with Honda and Toyota, in American auto sales represent the largest of the automotive firms based in Asia that have been increasingly encroaching on the historically dominant US-based “Big Three” consisting of GM, Ford and Chrysler. In its home market Nissan is the third largest car manufacturer, with Honda being second by a small margin and Toyota in a very dominant first. Along with its normal range of models, Nissan also produces a range of luxury models branded as Infiniti.

Date October 28, 2010