Fire threat leads to recall of nearly 700,000 SUVs


In a somewhat disturbing trend, it has become relatively common to recall vehicles due to manufacturing defects. A handful took place last year, with the most recent taking thousands of Ford, Kia and Hyundai vehicles off the road.

One of the biggest recalls came in July, when nearly 400,000 pickup trucks were believed to have had problems with their roof rail airbag. However, that number is now overshadowed by the latest recall involving several Nissan models.

Read on to find out which models are being recalled and what to do if you drive them.

Here’s the backstory

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a recall for several Nissan vehicles due to faulty electrical connectors. If not repaired, the connectors could cause a fire in the engine, posing a serious risk.

Models affected by the recall are 2014-2016 Nissan Rogues, and 700,000 are believed to have the problem. “Corrosion in the electrical connector can lead to faulty power windows/seats, illumination of the 4WD warning light, draining of the battery and damage to the electrical connector, increasing the risk of fire,” explains the NHTSA.

Obviously the problem is more common in coastal areas as the corrosion appears under the dash due to water and salt penetrating from the driver’s side footwell.

This is the second recall of Nissan vehicles in less than a year. In June 2021, several Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX80 models suffered from engine stalling.

The recall involved approximately 24,140 vehicles. In the same month, nearly half a million additional cars were recalled, including Jeep, Kia, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz models.

What can you do about it?

In most recalls, owners of affected vehicles are requested to take their vehicle to a dealer for repair. But on this occasion, unfortunately, there is no solution yet. However, Nissan is working on a fix and the company will notify owners on March 2, 2022.

According to the recall notice, the NHTSA will send a second letter to the owners once a resolution is found. If you are operating a vehicle specified in the recall, please contact Nissan Customer Service at 1-800-867-7669. The reference number of this recall is R21B9.

You can also call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236. Want to stay informed about car recalls that affect you? Tap or click here to be notified when your vehicle is recalled with this free app.

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