WASHINGTON — Nissan North America is recalling 5,458 2016 Nissan Maxima sedans in the U.S. because a fuel leak may increase the risk of fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A stop-sale order has been issued to Nissan dealers.
"In the affected vehicles, due to an improperly installed O-ring that may not have been seated correctly at the time of assembly, fuel may leak during a crash from the area where the fuel-sending unit attaches to the fuel tank," NHTSA said in its recall summary. "If fuel leaks from between the fuel-sending unit and the tank, it may increase the risk of a fire in the event of a crash."
Nissan said in a document posted on the NHTSA Web site that there have been no customer reports of leaks, accidents or injuries linked to the recall. The problem was discovered during a crash test in a lab environment, the automaker told federal safety regulators.
Nissan also said it is continuing its investigation "into whether this issue possibly affects certain other Nissan vehicles equipped with similar fuel tanks and expects to provide an additional update to NHTSA as quickly as possible."
It is not clear which Nissan vehicles may share the same fuel tank.
"Nissan will notify potentially affected owners as quickly as possible," wrote Steve Yaeger, a Nissan spokesman, in response to a query from Edmunds. "Nissan is currently confirming the appropriate remedy for this issue and expects to distribute the remedy instructions to the dealers within two weeks."
He added: "The cars are safe to drive."
Yaeger is encouraging owners of the affected cars to call 1-800-NISSAN1 or to "discuss with their dealer if they have any concerns."
The affected Maximas were built from March 19, 2015 to June 2, 2015.
In late July, Nissan halted some sales of the Maxima, but did not provide an explanation at the time.
"Nissan is committed to a high level of customer service and satisfaction," the automaker said in a statement at the time. "This commitment requires Nissan to periodically place certain specific vehicles on a temporary Quality Assurance Hold to assure that these vehicles, as delivered to our customers, meet our exacting standards and our customers' expectations."
The Maxima went on sale in June at Nissan dealerships. It is a fully redesigned version of Nissan's flagship sedan.
Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should stay in close touch with their dealers until more information on this recall becomes available.