2013 Nissan Pathfinder, Infiniti JX Probed by Feds for Transmission Fluid Loss


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    NHTSA has opened an investigation into an estimated 110,000 2013 Nissan Pathfinders and Infiniti JXs after complaints from consumers about a sudden loss of transmission fluid. | September 03, 2013

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  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 110,000 2013 Nissan Pathfinders and Infiniti JXs after complaints from consumers about a sudden loss of transmission fluid.
  • "The owners allege that the failures caused a sudden loss of power from the transmission due to the loss of transmission fluid," said NHTSA in its summary of the investigation.
  • Nissan told Edmunds that it is working with the agency "to address their questions."

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into an estimated 110,000 2013 Nissan Pathfinders and Infiniti JXs after complaints from consumers about a sudden loss of transmission fluid.

NHTSA said it has heard from five owners "alleging incidents of transmission cooler line connection failure in 2013 Nissan Pathfinder vehicles."

"The owners allege that the failures caused a sudden loss of power from the transmission due to the loss of the transmission fluid," said NHTSA in its summary of the investigation.

There have been no crashes, injuries or fatalities linked to the probe.

NHTSA pointed out that Nissan issued a service bulletin in July to provide diagnostic and repair procedures "to address a condition similar to that described" in the five complaints. Infiniti issued a service bulletin to cover the same condition in the sister Infiniti JX models.

"Nissan received a request for information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concerning reports of transmission fluid leaks at the cooler line in 2013 Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti JX vehicles," said Nissan North America in a statement provided to Edmunds. "We are working with the agency to address their questions. A repair procedure has already been developed for use where necessary by authorized Nissan/Infiniti dealers for those few vehicles that did experience this issue."

Federal safety regulators have opened a preliminary evaluation to assess the scope, frequency and safety-related consequences of the alleged defect. Such an action sometimes precedes a vehicle recall.

Edmunds says: Nissan says there is a fix in place for vehicles experiencing this problem. But a recall has not been issued at this point.

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