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Recall: Nissan Frontier pickups for short circuits

The 2012-2014 Frontier may have a circuit breaker installed in the wrong direction.

By Exhaust Notes Feb 27, 2014 12:56PM
Nissan is recalling 13,535 Frontier pickups in the U.S. to fix electrical wiring that could short-circuit and potentially cause a fire, according to documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Some 2012-2014 Frontier pickups may have circuit breakers that were installed in the opposite direction, which could allow the main wiring harness to contact a bolt in the truck's A-pillar. If that happens and the wire becomes exposed, "thermal damage" could occur and disable the power seat and sunroof. Or, the battery could go dead when the truck is turned off.

Nissan said it first found the problem in December after a Frontier owner in Mexico reported smoke in the cabin and a damaged circuit breaker and wiring harness. Several days later, Nissan stopped production on all Frontier models with the breaker and realized the problem was due to incorrect installation of the breaker. Nissan said it is not aware of any related injuries or accidents.

Starting in March, Nissan dealers will inspect the breaker and reinstall it if it is found to be in the wrong direction. If wire insulation is damaged, dealers will apply electrical tape and if the entire wire is damaged, the wiring harness will be repaired or replaced. Owners can call Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 for more information.

In October, Nissan recalled 2,529 NV200 vans from 2013 to fix a battery wiring harness that could fray and cause a short circuit. Also that month, Nissan recalled 188,000 Pathfinder SUVs from 2013 due to the increased risk of a crash posed by potentially faulty brake software.

[Source: NHTSA]
Mar 1, 2014 5:06AM
Hey guess WHAT   !!!!!   they are built here in The Good Old USA !!!!!
Mar 1, 2014 6:04AM
Mar 1, 2014 8:10PM
Wow, this is a first for Nissan, usually they don't do recalls like on their Xterra's radiators - they just extend the warranty (to fewer miles than you already have), then if they have to, they will replace the broken radiator after it has f'd up your transmission and engine.  Really a customer service orientated company.
Mar 10, 2014 2:20AM
Funny thing.  When I say buy a Ford or Chevy, people say you should buy a Toyota or Honda because they are built here.  They say my Ford/Chevy is built overseas.  Then they say that Americans can't build anything.  If that is true then, why wouldn't you buy a Ford or a Chevy?  What a bunch of dopes.
Mar 1, 2014 11:42AM
What I don't like about the Nissan or Datsun Frontier, and the Toyota Tacoma is, their cheap boxed frames (too thin & light), and they rust out and through very fast with salt and water exposure. Not real trucks in my opinion, just toy trucks and not made to do real work or to last very long. A truck frame is the backbone of a truck, and you see these Jap trucks broken in half if they try to carry a heavy load etc.............and/or from the rust! No thanks, you can keep them. I prefer American trucks with their heavy robust steel frames, and cast iron engines. I prefer American steel.
Mar 10, 2014 9:41AM
My 1989 Jeep Comanche is still working fine with regular expected maintenance that is.
Mar 10, 2014 1:45PM
Mar 1, 2014 4:46AM

   A little fire won't hurt. Should still be able to dive into that aircraft carrier!

Mar 10, 2014 1:04PM
Wonder why this isn't splattered all over the media like they do when it involves an American company?
Mar 10, 2014 3:00PM

Buy F-150 great pulling capacity, robust style. Timly oil change and maintainance ,it is the best in its class. Great factory rebates and rates. Trucks for real American.


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