Nissan is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2013 Infiniti JX35 luxury crossovers over a fuel system problem that could cause inaccurate fuel gauge readings.
A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potentially affected vehicles at 7,842. Affected vehicles were built between the start of production, February 15, 2012, through June 22, 2012.
Documentation from Nissan (PDF) filed with the NHTSA indicates that other Nissan and JX35 vehicles built after the recall dates are not affected because the installation procedure related to the component in this recall is unique to the 2013 Infiniti JX35 in this production range. The automaker further said that the assembly issue at the supplier has since been corrected.
The problem stems from an assembly error where the fuel transfer tube may have been improperly routed inside the fuel tank. As a result of misrouting, the fuel level float may be prevented from dropping as fuel is used, causing the dashboard fuel gauge to display inaccurate readings.
The vehicle may unexpectedly run out of gas and stall, even though the fuel gauge may read that the tank is full. This increases the risk of a crash.
Nissan will notify owners of affected 2013 Infiniti JX35 crossovers to take their vehicles to a Nissan dealer. The fuel transfer tube will be inspected for proper routing and rerouted, if necessary. A new O-ring will be installed after inspection. The repairs will be performed free of charge. The Nissan safety recall is expected to begin September 4, 2012.
In the meantime, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign with any questions or concerns may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may also contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov. Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V398000.
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