WASHINGTON — Nissan North America is recalling approximately 1,554 2016 Nissan Frontier pickup trucks with the 4.0-liter V6 engine because of a fire risk, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"The starter motor wire harness may have been installed in an incorrect position, allowing the starter harness terminal to contact the heat shield and result in an electrical short," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "An electrical short increases the risk of a fire."
A stop-sale order on the truck was issued on March 31.
Nissan told federal safety regulators that a "localized thermal incident" occurred in a 2016 Nissan Frontier V6 at the automaker's Canton, Mississippi plant.
"The issue was quickly investigated and the initial inspection showed localized damage in the area surrounding the starter wire harness terminal," Nissan said in a document.
"No fires or injuries related to this issue," wrote Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger in response to a query from Edmunds." All reported thermal incidents (smoke/smolder) were localized to the starter motor and heat shield under the vehicle."
The affected Frontiers were built from February 29, 2016 to March 7, 2016.
Edmunds says: Nissan is telling owners to contact their dealer immediately to make a service appointment to have their vehicle inspected.