2013 Nissan Pathfinder Recalled for Transmission Fluid Leak | Edmunds

2013 Nissan Pathfinder Recalled for Transmission Fluid Leak


Just the Facts:
  • Nissan North America is recalling approximately 3,065 2013 Nissan Pathfinder crossover vehicles equipped with a continuously variable transmission to fix a transmission fluid leak.
  • The recall will begin in May.
  • Nissan dealers will install an oil hose repair kit.

WASHINGTON Nissan North America is recalling approximately 3,065 2013 Nissan Pathfinder crossover vehicles equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to fix a transmission fluid leak, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

"In the affected vehicles, the internal oil cooler hose may detach from the cooler due to inadequate clamping force, allowing transmission fluid to leak," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "The loss of transmission fluid could cause the transmission to function improperly and the vehicle to stop accelerating, increasing the risk of a crash."

The affected Pathfinders were built from April 18, 2012 through October 3, 2012.

Nissan told federal safety regulators that vehicles manufactured after those dates are not affected because the automaker implemented several production improvements that helped to eliminate the problem. Infiniti JX vehicles are not affected because they are equipped with a different CVT with a lower operating pressure.

Steve Yaeger, a Nissan North America spokesman, said there are no injuries or crashes linked to the recall.

Nissan dealers will install an oil hose repair kit. The recall will begin in May. Owners can contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Edmunds says: If you own a 2013 Pathfinder with a CVT, you'll be getting a formal recall notice sometime in May. If you have any concerns in the meantime, contact your dealer.

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