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2013 Nissan Pathfinder Recall

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On: Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 12:02PM | By: Karen Cook


2013 Nissan Pathfinder Recall

Nissan is recalling a small number of vehicles due to a possibility of leaking transmission fluid. The affected vehicles are limited to 3,065 2013 Pathfinders equipped with a continuously variable transmission or “CVT”.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) summarized the problem this way, “In the affected vehicles, the internal oil cooler hose may detach from the cooler due to inadequate clamping force, allowing transmission fluid to leak. The loss of transmission fluid could cause the transmission to function improperly and the vehicle to stop accelerating, increasing the risk of a crash.”

All the recalled Pathfinders were built between April 18th and October 3rd of 2012. None of the vehicles equipped with CVTs built after that date are at risk due to the implementation of several production improvements which helped eliminate the problem. Owners of the Infiniti JX can relax as well. Those vehicles were made using a different CVT which uses a lower operating pressure.

The recall is a response to complaints from owners of the problematic Pathfinders who found that they were losing power from the transmission due to the unknown leak. The NHTSA launched an investigation last fall into the Pathfinders and the Infiniti JX but found issue only with the Pathfinders.

The are no injuries, accidents or fatalities caused by the leaking transmission fluid at the time of this writing; owners of vehicles in need of repair will receive an official recall notice by mail. Nissan dealers will install an oil hose repair kit at no charge to the owner. The recall begins in May but owners may contact Nissan with questions at 1-800-647-7261.


Report Receipt Date: MAR 26, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V142000

Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.

SUMMARY:
Nissan North America (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013 Pathfinder vehicles manufactured April 18, 2012, through October 3, 2012, and equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). In the affected vehicles, the internal oil cooler (ITOC) hose may detach from the cooler due to inadequate clamping force, allowing transmission fluid to leak.

CONSEQUENCE:
The loss of transmission fluid could cause the transmission to function improperly and the vehicle to stop accelerating, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will install an oil hose repair kit, free of charge. The recall will begin in May 2014. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

NOTES:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.




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