WASHINGTON — Nissan North America is recalling 120,329 vehicles, including the 2016-'17 Nissan Maxima sedan equipped with Intelligent Cruise Control, because a brake fluid leak increases the risk of a fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The affected vehicles have antilock brake actuator pumps that may allow brake fluid to leak onto an internal electrical circuit board," the NHTSA said in its recall summary. "A brake fluid leak onto the circuit board will result in an electrical short, increasing the risk of a fire."
It added: "When brake fluid has leaked onto the circuit board, the ABS warning lamp may remain illuminated for more than 10 seconds after engine start-up. If this occurs, owners are advised to park the vehicle outdoors away from other vehicles and to not drive the vehicle."
No accidents, injuries or fatalities have been linked to the recall, Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger told Edmunds. But there has been "some property damage related to the thermal incidents on the several vehicles outlined in the defect report," he added.
In a chronology filed with the NHTSA, Nissan said it was notified of an incident involving an "alleged thermal damage to a 2016 Nissan Maxima" on June 7, 2016.
From July 2016 to August 2016, Nissan said it "became aware of, inspected and confirmed several additional incidents of thermal damage to the subject vehicles."
The affected Maxima sedans were built from February 10, 2015, to August 19, 2016.
The affected Murano SUVs were built from August 22, 2014, to August 19, 2016.
The affected Murano Hybrid SUVs were built from August 22, 2014, to July 19, 2016.
Nissan dealers will inspect the ABS actuator, replacing it as necessary. Nissan told the NHTSA it will notify all owners of potentially affected vehicles by early November. Owners can contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should follow the NHTSA's instructions and then schedule a service appointment with their dealer once they receive their official recall notice.