Last week, a worldwide recall was announced for various Nissan and Infiniti vehicles, due to a flaw in the fuel injection system. Nearly 80,000 Nissan and Infiniti models in the United States are affected by the recall.
Give me fuel but no fire
It was reported recently that Nissan was initiating a worldwide recall of up to 250,000 cars for a fault in the fuel injection system that could cause a fire if not corrected. Affected models included the Serena minivan, Juke crossover, Tiida subcompact, the March or Micra hatchback, depending on market, and the M sedan and QX crossover SUV sold by Nissan’s luxury brand, Infiniti, according to Reuters.
Approximately 93,000 of the affected vehicles are in Japan. The models in question were made in China and Britain, between August 2009 and January 2012.
American cars affected
The number of cars affected in America, according to Wall Street Journal, have been announced. The recall affects 79,275 Nissan Juke, Inifiniti QX SUVs and M sedans, from the 2011 and 2012 model years.
Recalled Jukes were made between March 8, 2010 and Dec. 27, 2011. M sedans made between Oct. 5, 2009, and Dec. 16, 2011, and QX SUVs made between Oct. 27, 2009 and Dec. 24, 2011 are affected as well.
Fuel leak to fire
The issue, according to MotorTrend, is with the fuel pressure sensor located on the fuel rail, a key component of the fuel injection system. The fuel rail is a sometimes rail-shaped pipe that conducts fuel to the individual injectors for each piston.
The sensor, according to the New York Times, may not have been tightened sufficiently when installed at the factory, causing it to come loose over time. This can, according to the Wall Street Journal, cause a fuel leak eventually, raising the risk of a fire in the engine compartment. The risk is especially great when starting the car, when the initial injection of fuel is made into the engine to induce pistons to fire.
The company first noticed the issue at a dealership, where a customer noticed the smell of gasoline after starting the engine.
Nissan will fix it for free
Nissan reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that the issue was significant enough to begin a recall. No fires, injuries or accidents were reported relating to the sensor being loose. The recall itself should begin around March 19, according to the Washington Post. Nissan is going to start contacting owners to alert them of the problem and the fix for the issue.
Owners will be directed to take their vehicles to the nearest Nissan or Infiniti dealership. Technicians will inspect the car and either tighten the sensor or install a new one as needed. The owner will not incur any costs for the fix.
Concerned owners can contact Nissan directly at 615-725-1000.
Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/industries/nissan-recalling-79000-nissan-and-infiniti-vehicles-to-fix-potential-gasoline-leaks/2012/02/27/gIQArRCmdR_story.html