Nissan’s crossover SUVs – Pathfinder and Infinite JX – which have been built between December 2012 and January 2013 at the Smyrna manufacturing plant have reported faulty brakes. A field report has clarified that there indeed is a defect with the front brake torque member casting. The reported has been forwarded by Nissan to the National Highway Traffic Safety department, who in turn has issued a recall of the affected 2013 models.
The company has said that the casting was out of specifications and that resulted from ‘cold shut’ condition at the manufacturing stage. During the process, the molten iron failed to fuse at their preplanned standards.
The torque member thus made tended to be shaky in strength and possibly bore the risk to braking. The torque member is the part that binds the brake caliper to the front wheel suspension.
If braking failure happens, the brake caliper will move to a position making contact with the wheel, causing the driver to potentially fail in stopping the vehicle. Luckily, no such incidents have been reported yet. According to reported figures, there are fairly 14,168 Nissan Pathfinders and 5,090 Infiniti JX vehicles on the road that has this flaw. Nissan will commence the recall notification process of the affected models by May.
Users will be asked to take the car to the closest dealer so that they can examine if it need to replace. The service will be undertaken free of charge.