Recall fever appears to be catching among automobile manufacturers. On the heels of Toyota's long-running woes and GM's steering-related recall this week, Nissan has announced the recalling of 539,864 trucks, sport-utility vehicles and mini vans in North America and some Asian and European markets.
Nissan says the affected modles may have problems with brake pedal pins and fuel gauges. The company says it discovered a production error in the brake pedal pin, which could cause the pedal to disengage. It said it had three reports of that happening, but no reports of injuries.
The fuel gauge problem could cause the affected vehicles to incorrectly indicate the amount of fuel remaining in the tank. Renee, an Xterra owner from Everett, Wash., knows the problem all too well.
"We have a 2005 Nissan Xterra and am having the same fuel sensor issue as so many others," she told ConsumerAffairs.com last month. "We fill up and the gas gauge does not register."
And that's not the only problem, she says.
"The check engine light is on and this causes us to not pass emissions until it is fixed, which is a $600.00-plus issue since the gas tank needs removed to fix it."
Models affected by the pedal pin recall are the Infiniti QX56 SUV, Titan pickup truck, Armada SUV and Quest minivan. The Frontier pickup truck, Pathfinder and Xterra SUV may have the fuel gauge problem.
The overwhelming number of the recalled vehicles are in the US, with the rest in Canada, Mexico, and other international markets.