Nissan recalls over 267,000 Pathfinder SUVs due to problems concerning the brake light switch relay which can cause the brake lights to remain on, even when the brakes are not being used. Nissan recalls mostly 2013-2015 Pathfinders which are the models affected the most. It can also cause the brake-shift interlock to not work correctly, thereby allowing the driver to move the gear selector out of Park without depressing the brake pedal.
Although always-on brake lights can be a safety precaution but more serious consequences could include intercession with the brake-shift interlock and the potential for limited engine power (brake override), the ability to shift the vehicle out of park without damaging the brake pedal, or the engine starting without depressing the brake pedal.
Continual brightness of the brake lights can confuse other drivers when the affected vehicle actually begins to break, increasing the risk of a crash. The 2013 and 2014 Nissan models were first recalled back in 2016. The latest recall has a new repair and other fascinating features on the 2015 model year. Nissan says it’s was aware of one crash after recall repairs were made, but surely there were no injuries.
Owners will be informed by mail as early as March 1. Any Nissan dealer will fix the issue free of charge, and owners who have paid for the repair may be eligible for refund. The dealers will either re-install the brake light switch or swap positions with the automatic speed control device (ASCD) switch, depending on the model of the vehicle or the brake lights will just be replaced with a new one.
Nissan said the problem does not affect any other Nissan car or Infiniti vehicles
Owners can go to the NHTSA recall site to see if their vehicle is involved in any of the current recall.
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