Recalls: Nissan Quest Minivans, Infiniti Q45 Sedans, Ford Focus Parts
Nissan is recalling 23,531 2011 and 2012 model year Quest minivans because of a software problem that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says can cause the vehicles to stall while driving at slow speeds or idling on a decline with a fuel tank less than one-quarter full, according to Consumer Reports. The stalling can put drivers and passengers at risk of an accident. The vans in question were built between July 29, 2010, through February 21, 2012.
As Jonathan Welsh reports for the The Wall Street Journal blog Driver’s Seat, the stalling could occur because: “Improper software programming may result in an insufficient supply of fuel while the vehicle is driven downhill at low speeds with ¼ tank of fuel or less.” Nissan will begin the recall later this month in order to reprogram the fuel pump control module.
In addition, Nissan North America and NHTSA are also recalling certain 2003 through 2005 model year Infiniti Q45 luxury sedans, because they may have electrical wiring that might develop a resistance over time that prevents front-mounted air bags from deploying in a collision.
Consumer Reports writes:
According to NHTSA, the fault lies with the wiring connectors used in the Infiniti Q45 luxury car. Nissan explained that movement between the connections develops an oxide film between the metal contact points. Over time, that film increases the electrical resistance between the contacts and possibly prevent the electronic trigger of the side air bags when needed during a collision.
Nissan says it believes about 5,777 Infiniti Q45 sedans may have this issue with front side air bag electrical systems. And in 2009 and 2010, it has already fixed about 75 percent of the vehicles affected by this recall. However, it will notify the remaining Q45 owners — about 1,349 — of the recall starting March 12.
Mechanics will inspect and modify the cars’ side air bag wiring at no cost to car owners. For more information on either of the above-mentioned Nissan recalls, call 800-647-7261, visit NHTSA’s website www.SaferCar.gov, or call NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236.
In a third recall announcement, Ride Control LLC is recalling certain strut assemblies sold for use as aftermarket service parts for some 2000 through 2005 model year Ford Focus vehicles. Welsh reports in Driver’s Seat:
The assemblies were produced with an incorrect nut that does not contain a flange. The absence of the flange nut can allow the assembly to pull apart from the top mount.
If the assembly separates during installation it could injure the installer. If it separates while the vehicle is being driven it could damage the car and possibly cause a crash.
The recall affects 10,006 assemblies that carry part numbers 746641MT and 746646MT, with corresponding aftermarket customer part numbers G56944 and G56945 under the Gabriel brand name, and privately branded under the Partsmaster name with part numbers G68944 and G68945.
Ride Control will contract owners of the affected Fords and will repair or replace the parts at no charge. The recall is expected to begin this month. For more information, call Ride Control at 800-999-3903.
Image by Nissan USA, used under Fair Use: Reporting.