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Recall 16V380000

Brake Lights Stay Illuminated And Shift Lever May Not Be Locked In Park

Recall Details

The brake lights switch may be installed improperly and as a result may stay engaged, keeping the brake lights illuminated when not intended, and releasing the shift lever from the park position without depressing the brake pedal. Dealers will inspect the third brake light switch and replace the relay if necessary free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The switch that operates the brake lights and allows the gear shift lever to be unlocked from the park position may not be installed properly. As a result, the brake lights may stay illuminated, and the shift lever may be able to be moved from park without depressing the brake pedal. Both scenarios create a risk of accident or injury.

What Should You Do?

Recalls on your Nissan must be performed by a Nissan dealership. Nissan will notify known owners of affected vehicles beginning in July, 2016. If you do receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Nissan dealerships. They will also check for any other uncompleted recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Electrical & Lights, May 31, 2016

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
May 31, 2016
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
79,853
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
16V380000
Component
EXTERIOR LIGHTING
Summary
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Pathfinder vehicles manufactured June 20, 2012, to June 13, 2013. The brake light switch may have been installed incorrectly causing the relay to make intermittent contact and repeatedly cycle. This may result in the relay remaining in the "ON" position, causing the brake lights to remain illuminated even when the brakes are not applied. Additionally, the brake light switch may interfere with the brake-shift interlock, allowing the driver to shift the vehicle out of the "Park" position, without depressing the brake pedal.
Consequence
If the brake lights remain illuminated, other drivers may fail to stop when the vehicle actually brakes, increasing the risk of a crash. If the driver inadvertently shift the vehicle out of the "PARK" position without depressing the brake, the vehicle may rollaway, increasing the risk of injury.
Remedy
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake light switch and, as necessary, replace the relay, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on July 25, 2016. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
Notify
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
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