- Nissan is recalling the 2013–2015 Pathfinder SUV over a brake-light switch issue.
- The problem, in which the brake lights can become stuck in the “on” position, affects more than a quarter-million of the SUVs.
- Nissan will issue recall notices to owners beginning on March 1.
Nissan will recall 267,276 Pathfinder SUVs beginning March 1 for a problem with the brake light switch relay that can cause the lights to become stuck in the “on” position, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The issue affects only 2013 through 2015 model years of the Pathfinder, and no other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles, the report says. It’s most likely to occur under “frequent stop-and-go driving with repeated brake pedal input” and can cause “chattering” in the light’s relay that can eventually cause it to become stuck.
Although always-on brake lights can be a safety problem, more serious consequences could include interference with the brake-shift interlock and the potential for “limited engine power (brake override), the ability to shift the vehicle out of park without depressing the brake pedal, and/or the engine starting without depressing the brake pedal,” Nissan said.
Dealers will either fix the relay by reinstalling it in a better position or replace it entirely. The 2013 and 2014 models of the Pathfinder were previously recalled for the same problem in 2016. Owners can go to the NHTSA recall site to see if their vehicle is involved in the current recall.
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