Feds Probe 2013 Nissan Leaf Fire Traced to Charger | Edmunds

Feds Probe 2013 Nissan Leaf Fire Traced to Charger


Just the Facts:
  • NHTSA has opened an investigation into 50 Bosch Power Xpress 240-volt charging units after a consumer complaint that a 2013 Nissan Leaf began to emit smoke while charging.
  • "The overheating condition can cause damage to the vehicle and charger, rendering both inoperable," said NHTSA in its summary of the probe.
  • A spokesman for Nissan North America told Edmunds on Monday that the automaker will "assist regulators and Bosch with this investigation as needed."

WASHINGTON — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened an investigation into 50 Bosch Power Xpress 240-volt charging units after a consumer complaint that a 2013 Nissan Leaf began to emit smoke while charging.

NHTSA said it has "received one report from a consumer alleging a 2013 Nissan Leaf electric vehicle began to emit smoke around the vicinity of the vehicle/charger interface when charging at a private residence using a Bosch Power Xpress 240V charging unit.

"According to the owner, the vehicle had been charging for approximately one hour at 30 amps when signs of overheating were first noticed. The overheating condition can cause damage to the vehicle and charger, rendering both inoperable."

Steve Yaeger, a Nissan North America spokesman, told Edmunds on Monday that the automaker will "assist regulators and Bosch with this investigation as needed."

"This inquiry is focused on the electric vehicle charger and is directed at the charger supplier, Bosch," he wrote.

Cheryl Kilborn, a spokeswoman for Robert Bosch LLC said, "Bosch is reviewing the filing and will work cooperatively with NHTSA as we seek to identify the root cause."

NHTSA has not identified the Nissan Leaf owner who made the complaint, which was filed in late August.

"The connection had gotten hot enough to melt the plastic and create smoke, indicating a fire," the complaint said. "Nissan has determined by pictures that the car was not to blame for the incident. They are blaming the charging station for the failure. They have denied any warranty coverage."

The car was less than five months old and had fewer than 10,000 miles on the odometer.

Federal safety regulators have opened a preliminary evaluation into the matter as they determine whether the charger poses a safety hazard.

Customers with questions can contact Bosch at 1-877-805-3873.

Edmunds says: No recall has been issued at this point, so consumers will have to wait for federal safety regulators to do their work.

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