What's Wrong with the Leaf?

There are 19 complaints over 6 Leaf model years. These can be broken down into 1 generations with their collective PainRank™. The higher the score, the faster you should run away.

Generation Breakdown

Compare NHTSA
Gen Years Score Problems Recalls Inv. TSBs
1 2011—2016 3.45 19 16 48 69

Recent Leaf News

Nissan Might be Trying to Ditch the Brake Pedal in the Next Gen Leaf

The 2nd-generation Leaf is due out later this year and, according to reports, it may be trying to kill off the brake pedal. Here’s Steph Willems from TheTruthAboutCars.com:

Nissan promises a brake pedal designed to gather dust. The brand’s new e-Pedal, found in the 2018 Leaf, allows — with the push of a button — the ability to speed up, slow down, and hold a stop via the pedal on the right.

The car will come to a complete stop when you lift your foot off the e-Pedal, which Nissan says will be a more “exciting and engaging way to drive.” The only exciting about it will be watching traffic swerve around the Leaf driver who tried to coast but instead came to a screeching halt.

Marketing Image From Nissan

Drivers can cover 90% of their driving needs with the e-Pedal, making the process of driving more exciting. In heavy traffic and during city commutes, drivers will greatly reduce the need to shift from one pedal to the other, making your drive simpler and more engaging.

I’d argue that one pedal isn’t simpler. Hell, some people still can’t tell the difference between the pedals we have now.

For the Love of Everything, Nissan Issues Another Massive OCS Recall

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?

My sentiments exactly

Nissan has been accused of covering up the OCS issue and issuing repairs that didn’t work in a lawsuit.

The Leaf’s Electronic Brake Booster Can Freeze in Cold Weather

If you’re driving a 2013-2015 Leaf, head south. 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.