Nissan recall due to brake, fuel gauge trouble

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 By

NissanWhat’s this? Now there’s a Nissan recall in the works? Let’s just call it a crackdown by transportation authorities at this point – on big automakers and their suppliers. Shake the recall tree and see what falls out. Big auto financing outlets have felt the sting of the recession, but there are always better options out there. This Nissan recall has come due to issues with brake pedals and fuel gauges. The Street reports that the total number of cars affected will be around 540,000 – small compared to what we now know to be an 8,000,000-vehicle recall over sticking gas pedals by Toyota.

Toyota recallHonda recallGM recall… Nissan recall… will Ford be next?

Who can say, but they all do seem to be falling like dominoes lately. The most immediate safety concern covered by the Nissan recall involves a brake-pin that can “partially come loose and cause a loss of normal braking ability,” The Street reports. The following vehicles from the years 2008 through 2010 fall under the scope of the Nissan recall:

  • Nissan Titan pickups
  • Infiniti QX56
  • Nissan Armada SUV
  • Nissan Quest minivans

According to Nissan, no injuries or accidents have been reported that related directly to this most recent Nissan recall.

Are we out of gas or what?

A faulty fuel gauge could certainly be inconvenient, but in most cases it would not place a driver in physical danger. While specific information regarding the exact problem with certain Nissan fuel gauges has not been made specific, it is known that Nissan plans to fix the problem. Vehicles in the Nissan recall with fuel gauge issues include the following cars from 2005 through 2008:

  • Nissan Titan
  • Nissan Armada
  • Infiniti QX56
  • Some Nissan Frontier pickups
  • Some Nissan Pathfinder and Xterra SUVs

According to The Street, “Nissan shares were shedding 14 cents or 0.9 percent, to $15.86 in recent trading.” That is certainly not a welcome sight for the automaker, but it could definitely be worse. It is unclear whether the automaker is currently in need of credit counseling along the lines of GM, the bailout king of American carmakers.

What should you do if your Nissan or Infiniti is affected by the Nissan recall?

Contact Nissan Consumer Affairs via their Web site or call (800) NISSAN-1, or (800) 647-7261. If for some reason you need the department’s mailing address it is P.O. Box 685003, Franklin TN 37068-5003.

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This post has 14 comments

  1. Anthony Gomes says:

    I have a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder with the same fuel gage problem, for ever long this fuel gauge needle is sticking, when I full my tank with gas, the needle is still to empty and the tank is full. After about 30 minutes of driving it goes to ful, then it will say half tank then to empty. 3 times I ran of gas on the road. I wish the Govment can look into this this bad bussiness and Nissan is not fixing it, they are charging people $400.00. I wish someone can get in touch with me about this matter and fix the gauge problem

  2. Jeff Weber says:

    My 2005 Pathfinder has had this fuel gauge sender problem for about five years. When I took it to the dealer only a year after buying it, they told me, like others, that it would cost about $400 to fix. I opted to set the trip odometer to 0 every time I filled up and keep track of my fuel by mileage – but what a pain it's turned out to be after five years! Then, I get a recall letter saying my warranty on this item has been extended, but not as far as the mileage I have on the car. Ripoff?? Definitely! I have purchased a long line of Maximas, Pathfinders, and even an Infiniti M45, but this is the last Nissan for me, for sure.

  3. Bozo says:

    I only want people to know that when they buy a NISSAN, they are buying something that will last only 72.000 miles without paying for broken parts. You will start noticing broken and malfunctioning parts around 50.000 miles like gas gauge wrong reading, shaky idle, sudden engine stop etc and don't bother calling Nissan about it. You , for sure , already drove above the miles that they guarantee the part. So unless your name is Bozo like mine more likely You don't need to buy a Nissan

  4. justin says:

    I also have a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder with a fuel gauge problem. There at 100's of them, just go onlie and look. I'm no expert but it would seem to me that all pathfinders (and other nissans with the same trouble) from 2005- 2009 need to be recalled. In the event someone is hit on the side of the road from running out of gas and Nissan new they had a problem, can we say toyota dilemma all over again!!!

  5. Frank says:

    I have a 2004 Titan Crew LE. The fuel gauge works as designed. I have installed an Ultra Gauge so I know exactly how much fuel is left. When the Nissan gauge shows 1/8, the warning light comes on but the UG says I have 12 gallons left I trust the UG if the tank is really 28 gallons. One of these days I'll throw a 5 gallon can in the bed and run it dry!

  6. JTD says:

    I have a 2006 Nissan Frontier, fuel gauge problem but Nissan said I have too many miles to met the recall. However, the local dealership said it cost $400 and I can bring it in and they will fix it. Its amazing so many people started having this problem at the same time and Nissan figured out a ways to keep from fixing it. The economy is bad enough without these people acting like $400 is so easy to come up with to fix a problem that Nissan know is their fault. This is my third Nissan but it will be my last. Truely a lesson learned the hard way.

  7. JJV says:

    I have a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder with a fuel gauge problem also. Checked with my local Nissan dealer and the faulty part will be replaced free of charge. Could it be that the other Nissan owners with this problem have a local Nissan dealer problem working on recall items?

    • guest says:

      Hi JJV can you tell me what dealer that was so I can get my dealer to communicate with them and see if I cant get my 2005 taken care of too. This really seems to be an accross the board problem. Thank you.

  8. Marv says:

    This is apparently a problem with almost every Nissan/Infiniti vehicle. My 03 M45 has the same issue as does hundreds others as I researched to find the problem. Nissan needs to fix all of them!!!

  9. Jeff Van Duyse says:

    My 2007 Nissan X-Terra has a malfunctioning fuel gauge also. My wife and I were visiting her Mother yesterday to show her brand new 2 week old grand daughter and on the way home on a 4 lane highway we ran out of gas. The gauge said we had 3/8 of a tank but was obviously broken. This was a very dangerous situation being stopped in the middle of a major highway with a newborn in the back seat. I managed to call for help and get enough gas put in to get us to a gas station but we came dangerously close to getting into a major accident on several occasions when cars almost ran into the back of us not to mention tying all the traffic up. I can just tell by reading all the reviews on different sites that Nissan is not going to pay to fix the faulty sensor. It's so frustrating to pay almost $600 a month for a vehicle and have this sort of problem at 60,000 Kilometers. It will definitely be my last Nissan.

  10. Ed Eastridge says:

    I have a 2005 Pathfinder with this problem as well. It seems odd that they’re repairing the Armadas but not the Pathfinders as they have similar frames and I would assume parts as well. This is not the quality I paid for. Maybe we should start calling both Nissan USA corporate and the NTSB with this issue, it seems they weren’t pressured to go far enough on the recall.

  11. Tony says:

    have a 2005 Nissan Quest with the same fuel gage problem that Nissan is recalling for, but apparently they are not going to recall the 2005 Quest.

  12. carolyn ogden says:

    I also have a 2005 Pathfinder with the same issue with the fuel gauge. This is the fourth vehicle I’ve purchased from Nissan and if they won’t fix the problem, it will be the last vehicle I purchase from them.

  13. Wilmer Tharpe says:

    I have a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder with the same fuel gage problem that Nissan is recalling for, but apparently they are not going to recall the 2005 Pathfinder. I will have to pay approximately $400.00 if I want it repaired.

    The only recourse that I apparently have is to NEVER BUY ANOTHER NISSAN.

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