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Fire danger causes Nissan to recall over 450,000 vehicles

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Tom Krisher, Associated Press

Posted on November 15, 2019 at 11:25.

Last updated Friday, November 15, 2019 12:54

DETROIT – Nissan is recalling over 450,000 vehicles worldwide because a brake fluid leak could cause them to catch fire.

Because of the risk of fire, the company asks owners to park their vehicles outdoors and away from structures if the anti-lock brake light comes on for more than 10 seconds.

The recall, detailed in documents released Friday by the US government, covers the Nissan Murano SUV from 2015 to 2018 and the Maxima sedans from 2016 to 2018. Also included are the Infiniti QX60 and Nissan Pathfinder SUVs from 2017 to 2019. Most are in the US. and Canada.

Nissan says an anti-lock brake actuator pump can leak fluid onto a circuit board, causing short circuits and fires.

Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration do not state whether there were fires or injuries to vehicles covered by the last recall. A Nissan spokeswoman said she would investigate the matter, and messages were left seeking NHTSA details.

It is Nissan's third recall for the same problem, and the company continues to expand the number of affected models. About 120,000 US vehicles were recovered in 2016, and Nissan issued a recall of 215,000 in 2018. A fire in the 2016 Maxima triggered the first recall, according to government documents. In the previous two recalls, Nissan dealers inspected the vehicles but only replaced some of the pumps.

Dealers will now replace the pumps on all vehicles. Notices informing owners of the security risk will be sent on December 2. Parts are available for vehicles with illuminated anti-lock brake lights.

Owners will receive a second notice next summer when additional parts become available.

In a statement issued Friday, Nissan said a seal on the pump could leak brake fluid on a control electronic circuit board. In rare cases, leaks can cause a short circuit, the company said.

If the anti-lock brake panel warning light remains on, vehicles must be parked outside and owners should contact Nissan or Infiniti roadside assistance to tow them to a dealer for repair.

"The Nissan Group is committed to the safety, protection and satisfaction of our customers and passengers," the statement said.

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