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The North Carolina Consumers Council (NCCC) recommends that no-one buy a 2005-2010 Nissan Pathfinder, Frontier, or Xterra.
That would have been very helpful advice, say, 5 or 10 years ago. Next they might tell us the sun is very bright and they recommend not looking directly at it.
The radiators in these vehicles --- as most of you know by now --- are ticking time-bombs. They leak coolant into the transmission, killing it.…
The Rogue's rear lift-gate has "stays" that are supposed to keep the lift-gate in place when you open it.
Only, they aren't staying at all.
So not only do you have to try and load the groceries while keeping your kid from running in the parking lot, but you might have to dodge falling doors while you're at it:
"The rear lift gate stay provides power assist to the rear lift gate and operates under high pressure gas. If the anti-corrosion coating is insufficient (there can be) a sudden release of pressure. The rear lift gate suddenly falling down can cause severe injuries to anyone near the gate."
This has happened in enough 2014-16 Rogue's to warrant a recall. The affected vehicles were built between July 31, 2013, and January 16, 2016.
Anyone else getting the feeling there's a major issue with Nissan's Occupant Classification System (OCS)?
For roughly the 103rd time – ok, 4th – Nissan is recalling their defective OCS. And this one is a doozy at 3.8 million vehicles.
"Nissan says the occupant classification systems in the front passenger seats can turn off because the systems classify an adult as a child or classify a seat as empty even if an adult is in the seat."
That will disable the airbags for someone who really needs it.
"Nissan says in the case of a child classification, the system is designed to illuminate the airbag light indicating the airbag is turned off. However, if the initial classification is “empty seat,” the light will not illuminate and there is no indication that the airbag is suppressed."
Does any part of this thing work?
Nissan has been accused of covering up the OCS issue and issuing repairs that didn't work in a lawsuit.
Nissan is recalling the 2016 Frontier because electrical shorts could start a fire. More than 1,550 Frontier V6 trucks have problems concerning the starter motor wire harness that could make contact with the heat shield. The contact can cause an electrical short in the area of the wire harness, possibly resulting in a fire.
The 2014 Nissan Rogue has some fuel pump covers that just can't seem to keep it together.
[Failure] occurs because of nickel plating material that can detach or flake from the fuel pump's inner or outer cover ... Nissan says there is a space between the impeller and the fuel pump cover, a vacant area that can hold detached plating particles and cause the impeller to stop rotating.
If this sounds familiar, Nissan issued a recall for the same exact thing last year. They just forgot one teeny, tiny detail --- to recall all the affected vehicles. Hopefully this expansion fixes that.
That's because cold weather has been known to freeze the electronic brake booster, making the car a whole heck of a lot harder to stop. The recall was ordered after Nissan launched a "service campaign" in October 2015 on 2013-2015 LEAF cars. The voluntary service campaign was issued in the U.S. and Canada after Nissan said the problem wasn't related to safety.
Say what you will about Nissan, but arguing that a brake defect isn't a safety defect takes a certain amount of gravitas.
The affected cars were built between 11/192012 and 07/31/2015.
A lawsuit says airbags in the Nissan Frontier are deploying without any reason.
Nissan Frontier side airbag deployments have led to a proposed class-action lawsuit alleging the Frontier side airbags deploy for no reason. The lawsuit says the 2011-2012 Nissan Frontier trucks are dangerous because of the side airbags and Nissan refuses to fix the problems.
The lawsuit says that a randomly deployed airbag goes off, it poses a serious distraction to drivers. It then goes on to say the sun is hot, ice cream is delicious, and everything's better with bacon.
Earlier this year Nissan was sued for issuing Occupant Classification System (OCS) recalls without a working solution.
Well, Nissan just issued its third recall for the faulty airbag sensors ... hopefully this time with a solution that, you know, works.
"Nissan blames the problem on a supply chain error that caused incorrect occupant classification control unit parts to be installed on vehicles that received the incorrect part after the March 2014 recall was completed. There are also vehicles that were not part of the March recall but received the wrong part from other repairs."
The latest round includes the 2013-2015 Altima, Pathfinder, the 2013-2014 Sentra, and Infiniti vehicles as well.
Let's face it --- whether you're talking about a car or sitting at the dinner table, gas leaks are never a good thing.
Nissan knew it had a problem back in August when they recalled 6,000 new Maximas because gas was getting out. Now they have a bigger problem. The O-ring seal that allowed the fuel to flow out of those Maximas was installed on thousands of other cars too ... maybe even yours. O-dear.
The automaker is expanding the recall to include:
Any 2016 Maxima built between Februrary 10 and August 18, 2015.
Any 2013-16 Altima with a 3.5L V6 engine that was built between March 30, 2012 and August 18, 2015.
Don't be surprised if they expand it again. In the meantime, keep open flames away from your car and check out the full story for more details.
The best way to find out what's wrong with a vehicle is from the people who drive them. Not only do owner complaints help us rank vehicles by reliability, but they're often used to spark class-action lawsuits and warranty extensions. Plus, they're a great way to vent.