2014 Nissan Leaf Recalled for Shutdown Risk


  • 2014 Nissan Leaf Picture

    2014 Nissan Leaf Picture

    Nissan North America is recalling 196 2014 Nissan Leaf electric cars because the inverter may fail, causing the vehicle to shut down. | June 27, 2014

Just the Facts:
  • Nissan North America is recalling 196 2014 Nissan Leaf electric cars because the inverter may fail, causing the vehicle to shut down.
  • The recall is expected to begin on July 7.
  • Nissan dealers will replace the inverter.

WASHINGTON — Nissan North America is recalling 196 2014 Nissan Leaf electric cars because the inverter may fail, causing the vehicle to shut down, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"Due to a problem with the motor control circuit board, the inverter may fail, causing the vehicle to shut down," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "An unexpected vehicle shutdown increases the risk of a crash."

Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger told Edmunds there are no injuries, crashes or fatalities related to the recall.

The affected Leafs were built from April 15, 2014 through April 24, 2014. Leaf vehicles manufactured before April 15 are not affected. Potentially affected vehicles manufactured after April 24 "remained within Nissan's control at the plant," the automaker told federal safety regulators.

No other Nissan or Infiniti models are affected.

Nissan ordered a "dealer quality hold" on the affected cars on May 5.

Nissan dealers will replace the inverter. The recall is expected to begin on July 7. Owners can contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Edmunds says: The recall will begin shortly. If you own one of the affected Leaf electric cars, make arrangements with your dealer to bring it in for the repair.

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