Check yours ! Nissan recall : malfunctioning brake lights


The Japanese car makers announced that 800,000 Sentra sedans are recalled in US and Canada.

The decision was made due to a faulty brake light. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), it may not light up when the driver presses the brake pedal, namely when drivers hit the brake pedal in their car, the all-important brake light illumination may not occur. There is a risk of crash, as this signal is essential for other drivers to know the car in front is slowing down. Without well functioning brake lights, the risk of a crash increases. So far, crash or other road incident have occurred.

The recall covers at more than 807,376 Nissan Sentra models in the U.S. manufactured between 2016 and 2019.

According to the document filed by Nissan at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the brake light switch may become contaminated from silicon-based grease used in surrounding components. If so, oxidation may occur and silicon dioxide may start to build up and lead to circuit issues. This problem is related only to 2016-2019 Sentra cars and no other models are affected. However, this won’t be solved soon. In April, Nissan will send notices to owners explaining the risk and probably the owners will get an appointment in the fall.


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