Nissan recalls 240,000 cars and SUVs over risk of fire

Nissan Motor Company has issued a recall for nearly 240,000 cars and SUVs over an issue that could cause a fire. The risk is so real that the Japanese automaker is advising owners to park the vehicles outdoors if some conditions apply.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), an anti-lock brake pump can leak brake fluid onto a circuit board, causing an electrical short and increasing the fire risk. If drivers see the anti-lock brake warning lamp for more than 10 seconds after starting the engine, Nissan urges them not to drive the vehicles and park them away from structures or other vehicles.

The recall covers certain 2015 to 2017 Nissan Murano, 2016 and 2017 Nissan Maxima, 2017 through 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and 2017 Infiniti QX60 vehicles. All those models are built at Nissan’s assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, except for the Murano, which is made in Canton, Mississippi.

Nissan estimates 56% of the vehicles have the problem, which has been traced to faulty seals in the pump. The NHTSA wouldn’t say how many fires have occurred, but made clear there’s no record of crashes or injuries related to this issue.

Dealers will inspect the pump serial numbers and replace them if necessary starting Oct. 15. Most of the recalled vehicles are in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

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