Better safe than sorry is a popular phrase that should apply to every car maker when there are concerns about their cars. Luckily, Nissan is taking this approach. Nissan is recalling 747,000 trucks, SUV's in the U.S. over concerns that the vehicles have a possible stalling problem, The New York Times reports.
The Times quotes a Nissan statement: "We discovered that on some of the potentially affected vehicles, silicon vapor may form inside the electrical relay that supplies voltage to the Engine Control Module. Over time, this vapor could create oxidation on the electrical contacts in the relay that may lead to engine performance issues, including the possibility of stalling at low engine speeds."
CNN adds that the Nissan recall will cover 2.2 million vehicles worldwide including: Nissan Armadas and Titans from 2004 to 2006, Infiniti QX56s from 2005 and 2006, as well as Nissan Frontiers, Pathfinders and Xterras from August 2003 and June 2006. The Japanese automaker classifies the recall as voluntary and there have been no known accidents linked to the stalling problem yet.
Voluntary car recalls can be a misleading term. Although Nissan initiated the recall, once an automaker is aware of a safety issue with a particular make or model, they are required to issue a notice to the safety agency within five days. Voluntary or mandatory, this is one recall to take notice of. In extreme situations, the stalling issue could cause the car to never restart again.