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Nissan recalls 267, 276 Pathfinders due to defective brake light switch

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

Nissan North America is recalling 267,276 model year 2013-2015 Nissan Pathfinders.

The company stated the location of the brake light switch may cause the brake light switch relay to repeatedly open and close.

Overtime, this can cause the relay to stick in the “ON” position, with the brake lights remaining illuminated even when the brakes are not applied, said the automobile manufacturer.

It further noted this may interfere with the brake-shift interlock, allowing the driver to shift the vehicle out of the “Park” position, without depressing the brake pedal.

Continual illumination of the brake lights can prevent other drivers from realising the vehicle is actually slowing down, increasing the risk of a crash, according to agency report.

With the brake override activated, the driver will not be able to accelerate normally, increasing the risk of a crash.

The driver can shift the vehicle out of the “PARK” position without depressing the brake, allowing the vehicle to roll away, increasing the risk of injury.

In connection with what to do to correct the fault, Nissan will notify affected owners, and dealers will inspect, and as necessary, either re-install the brake light switch or swap positions with the Automatic Speed Control Device (ASCD) switch depending on the model year vehicle.

The brake light relay will be replaced with a new one. All repairs will be performed free of charge, it said.

The current recall is expected to begin March 1, 2021.

In the meantime, owners may contact Nissan Customer Service on (800) 867-7669, and  Nissan’s number for this recall PC786.

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