Japanese carmaker Nissan has issued a worldwide recall for 470,000 cars and SUVs that may be affected by a fuel leak problem.
The recall includes both Nissan and Infiniti vehicles, reports The Associated Press, including about 134,000 vehicles in the United States and more than 230,000 in Japan. Model years affected by the recall range from 2012 to 2015.
Defective Fuel Pressure Sensor Installation
The recall was issued after it was discovered that fuel pressure sensors may not have been installed properly when the vehicles were manufactured. This can lead to a fuel leak over time due to heat and vibration, a potential fire hazard. According to Nissan, no fires or injuries caused by this problem have been reported to the company.
Owners of recalled vehicles will be able to bring the vehicles in to have the sensors tightened, which will fix the problem, according to Nissan. U.S. models affected by the recall include Nissan's Juke SUV and Infiniti's M56, QX56, QX70, and QX80.
Some of the vehicles subject to the latest recall were previously recalled in 2012. That recall involved 80,000 vehicles along with the same fuel pressure sensor issue. Though no injuries or fires were reported with the 2012 recall, vehicle owners had reported the smell of gas within the vehicles.
Vehicles that were repaired in the 2012 recall are not covered by this latest recall.
Is Your Vehicle Is Subject to the Recall?
Nissan plans to mail notifications to vehicle owners in January. Vehicle owners can also find out whether a vehicle is in need of repairs required by any vehicle recall within the last 15 years by using the NHTSA's Online Recall Search (although recently announced recalls may not immediately be included in the database).
Vehicle owners can enter a vehicle's VIN and see whether recall repairs have been completed. Vehicle makers are also now mandated to have recall information searchable be VIN on the manufacturer's own website.