2013 Nissan Sentra Recalled for Fire Risk


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    2013 Nissan Sentra Picture

    Nissan is recalling 392 2013 Nissan Sentras because defective fuel tanks may pose a fire risk. | March 13, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Nissan is recalling 392 2013 Nissan Sentras because defective fuel tanks may pose a fire risk, according to NHTSA.
  • Nissan dealers will replace the fuel tanks, if necessary.
  • The recall will begin on March 18.

WASHINGTON — Nissan is recalling 392 2013 Nissan Sentras because defective fuel tanks may pose a fire risk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Some fuel tank assemblies were not properly sealed during the manufacturing process," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "As a result, a small amount of gasoline may leak from the tank when it is full. A gasoline leak in the presence of an ignition source may lead to a vehicle fire."

The affected Sentras were built from September 11, 2012 through October 4, 2012 at Nissan's Aguascalientes, Mexico, plant.

Vehicles manufactured before and after these dates are not affected because the supplier's production issue with the fuel tanks occurred over a limited period of time, Nissan told federal safety regulators. No other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles are affected because the production line used to assemble the fuel tank is unique to the Sentra.

Nissan became aware of the problem last November after receiving a warranty claim from a dealer conducting a pre-delivery inspection. The dealer noticed moisture coming from a fuel tank after filling the tank. Nissan also received a customer warranty claim relating to a fuel tank leak after filling the tank last November.

Nissan told federal safety regulators it collected 20 fuel tanks from Sentras early this year and found that 12 of them had seams that were not properly sealed. Out of the 12 fuel tanks that were improperly sealed, two of them had fuel leakage during testing.

Nissan dealers will inspect and replace the fuel tanks in the recalled Sentras, if necessary. The recall is expected to begin on March 18. Owners can contact Nissan at (800) 647-7261.

Edmunds says: If you own one of the aforementioned Nissan Sentras, get your car to the dealership early next week to address this problem.

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