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Nissan recalls hybrid vehicles that may stagnate

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Nissan recalls 7,600 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, Murano Hybrid and Infiniti QX60 Hybrid vehicles.

– Nissan Hybrid Powertrain Control Module issues have resulted in the recall of more than 7,600 2014-2015 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, 2015-2016 Murano Hybrid and 2014-2017 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid vehicles.

Vehicles may stop due to hybrid systems shutting down.

Nissan learned of the stalled engine and power outage reports in March involving Chinese vehicles. Nissan engineers focused on the operations of the continuously variable engines and transmissions. Engineers also studied the failsafe activation of the hybrid powertrain control modules.

Nissan found that the control module’s failsafe mode could disable the transmission power of the motor and electric motor in the event of bearing damage.

Engineers also found that a vehicle can come to a stop if both the motor and electric motor are disabled, and the failsafe mode condition also reduces power steering assist and brake assist.

Nissan turned to the American models and found 35 warranty claims related to the condition.

The recalled vehicles were manufactured during specific periods.

  • 2015-2016 Nissan Murano Hybrid, built from August 22, 2014 to July 19, 2016

  • 2014-2015 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, Built July 18, 2013 – June 21, 2014

  • 2014-2017 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid, built July 18, 2013 – August 4, 2017

Nissan says the problem affects only models equipped with hybrid powertrains produced at the Canton and Smyrna plants.

Nissan dealers will reprogram the hybrid powertrain control module software once owner recall notices are mailed on December 3, 2021.

Nissan and Infiniti owners can contact Nissan at 800-867-7669 or Infiniti customer service at 800-662-6200.

Customers should ask about recall numbers R21B4 or R21B5.

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