Nissan is recalling 188,302 SUVs to fix braking system glitch

Article by Anita Panait, on October 27, 2013

Nissan Motor Co. is recalling 188,302 mid-sized sports utility vehicles around the world to fix a software issue in the antilock braking system that may result to an increase in stopping distance, according to the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The recall covers: 100,682 units of the 2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinders and 52,629 units of the 2013 Infiniti JX35 and 2014 QX60 models sold in the US, Puerto Rico and Guam.

The recall also covers Nissan and Infiniti SUVs sold in Canada, China, Korea, Mexico, Russia and Taiwan. According to Nissan, the ABS is operating as designed, but when it is activated on urban terrain, the "brake pressure output software setting" may lead to stopping distances that are slightly longer than customer's expectation for the provided pedal force.

NHTSA said the change in stopping distance may result to an increased risk of a crash. No accidents or injuries have been reported. Nissan will notify owners of affected SUVs within 60 days to make adjustments to the antilock braking system pressure at no cost.

The design of the new Nissan Pathfinder is able to showcase modernity while continuing to honor the three previous generations of the Pathfinder. By having a new unibody configuration, the design team was given the chance to come up with an exterior that is more aerodynamic without sacrificing any of the cargo capacity or headroom.

Further, the use of a more efficient packaging meant that compared to the previous versions, the new Pathfinder is able to offer more space on the interior. The exterior has been styled in way that it gives this model a more luxurious look. Looking closer, it is clear that the style is an excellent mix of dynamic strength and the brand’s signature styling cues.

It gives the new Pathfinder the look of always being ready for adventure especially with the stable, strong stance and the muscular wheel-oriented fenders. The dual-panel panoramic moonroof has a sliding opening panel on the front with a fixed glass panel in the rear, one that extends above the 2nd row and even the 3rd ones. When combined with the vehicle’s large windows, it allows for an airy and open environment on the interior.

Meanwhile the upper body has an open cabin that has the thin A-pillars and D-pillars and low beltline. This upper body is able to seamlessly flow to the durable-looking, rugged lower body. Further, the design clearly incorporates a number of features like the deflectors of the rear tire, rear suspension fairings, and spoilers in the front and the rear.

The goal, is of course, to allow the new Pathfinder to deliver the best aerodynamic performance for its class. Additional details on the exterior are the large aerodynamic headlights and wide chrome grille. There are also the chrome door handles, large combination lights in the rear, and the recessed windshield wipers in the front.

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