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Recall Roundup: Nissan Issues Multiple Recalls of Infiniti Vehicles

Recall Roundup: Nissan Issues Multiple Recalls of Infiniti Vehicles

By Jeff Youngs, November 10, 2014

During the past week, Nissan North America issued four separate vehicle recalls, including three recalls involving a total of more than 12,000 hybrid cars from model years 2013 and 2014, as well as a larger recall of multiple Nissan and Infiniti brand vehicles from the 2003-2006 model years. Volkswagen Group and American Honda also announced significant recalls. Details are below, in alphabetical order by vehicle brand.


2013-2015 Audi A4, S4
2013-2015 Audi Allroad
Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen) is recalling a total of 101,938 vehicles, including model-year 2013-2015 Audi A4 and S4 vehicles manufactured February 16, 2012, to October 21, 2014, and 2013-2015 Audi Allroad vehicles manufactured March 12, 2012, to October 21, 2014. Due to an improper algorithm in the air bag control module, if a crash necessitates deployment of the side air bags, a second impact to the front of the vehicle may not command the front air bags to also deploy. If the front air bags do not deploy in the event of a secondary impact to the front of the vehicle, there is an increased risk of occupant injury.

Volkswagen will notify owners, and Audi dealers will update the air bag control unit software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on November 11, 2014. Owners may contact Audi customer service at 1-800-822-2834. Volkswagen's number for this recall is 69K5; owners may also refer to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) campaign number 14V667000.


Honda: Various 2001-2006 Vehicles
American Honda (Honda) is recalling an undisclosed number of vehicles affecting model-year 2001-2005 Honda Civic, 2003-2004 Civic CNG and Element, 2002-2005 CR-V, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2005 Accord, Pilot, Civic Hybrid, and Acura MDX, 2005 Acura RL and 2006 Honda Ridgeline vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in geographic locations associated with high absolute humidity. Specifically, vehicles sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Saipan, Guam, and American Samoa are included in this recall. Upon deployment of the passenger-side front air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger-side front air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.

Honda will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger-side air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on November 24, 2014. Owners may contact Honda customer service at 1-800-999-1009, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V700000.

Note: This recall supersedes safety recall 14V-353, with the exception of vehicles originally sold, or ever registered, in California. Those vehicles will continue to be addressed and a free remedy will be provided under that safety recall campaign. This recall also includes vehicles in the specific geographic areas listed above that were included within safety recalls 13V-132 and 14V-349.


2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid
2014 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid
Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling a total of 5,412 model-year 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid vehicles manufactured December 10, 2012, to June 25, 2014, and Infiniti Q70 Hybrid vehicles manufactured November 7, 2013, to May 7, 2014. Due to a software error, the electric motor may stop working while the vehicle is being driven using the electric motor only, resulting in a stall-like condition.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the motor inverter software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in mid-November 2014. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261. Owners may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V581000.


2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid
2014 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid
Nissan is recalling 817 model-year 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid vehicles manufactured October 16, 2013, to January 27, 2014, and Infiniti Q70 Hybrid vehicles manufactured November 7, 2013, to December 10, 2013. The affected vehicles may have been assembled with transmissions whose housings were damaged during the manufacturing process. The damaged housings could crack and fracture, creating road debris and disabling the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the transmission assembly and replace it if cracks are found, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in mid-November 2014. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V582000.


2013-2014 Infiniti M35 Hybrid
2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid
2014-2015 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid
Nissan is recalling 6,562 model-year 2013-2014 Infiniti M35 Hybrid vehicles manufactured April 7, 2012, to September 9, 2013; 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid vehicles manufactured December 10, 2012, to July 15, 2014; and 2014-2015 Infiniti Q70 Hybrid vehicles manufactured April 9, 2010, to May 7, 2014. Due to a software error in the affected vehicles, if the signal is lost from one of the two throttle position sensors (TPS), the engine control module (ECM) will go into a fail-safe mode, partially closing the throttle chamber. Should the lost signal be restored, the throttle chamber may open, regardless of the position signal from the TPS. The vehicle may gradually accelerate due to the throttle chamber reopening. This unexpected acceleration may increase the risk of a crash.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the ECM, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by mid-November 2014. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V583000.


2003-2004 Nissan Pathfinder
2004-2006 Nissan Sentra
2003-2005 Infiniti FX35, FX45
2003-2004 Infiniti I35
2006 Infiniti M35, M45
Nissan is recalling a total of 52,738 vehicles, including model-year 2003-2004 Nissan Pathfinder, 2004-2006 Nissan Sentra, 2003-2005 Infiniti FX35 and FX45, 2003-2004 Infiniti I35, and 2006 Infiniti M35 and M45 vehicles originally sold, or currently registered, in geographic locations associated with high absolute humidity. Specifically, this recall includes vehicles sold, or currently registered, in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Florida and adjacent counties in southern Georgia, as well as the coastal areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Upon deployment of the passenger-side front air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture, with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, and may refer to NHTSA campaign number 14V701000.

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