Nissan recalls 134K vehicles; fluid can leak and cause fires

FILE - This Feb. 11, 2016, photo shows a Nissan emblem on a 2016 Nissan automobile at the Pittsburgh International Auto Show in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is recalling about 134,000 cars and SUVs worldwide because brake fluid could leak and cause fires. In some cases, the company says people should park the vehicles outside until they are fixed.

The recall covers certain 2015 to 2017 Murano SUVs and 2016 to 2017 Maxima large cars that are equipped with intelligent cruise control. Also included are some 2015 and 2016 Murano hybrids.

Nissan says in documents posted Friday by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that seals on antilock brake pumps can leak fluid onto a circuit board. That can cause an electrical short, which could lead to a fire. If fluid leaks, the antilock brake warning light could stay on for more than 10 seconds after the vehicles are started. Owners who see that warning should park outside and away from structures and not drive the vehicle. They also should contact Nissan Roadside Assistance to have vehicle towed in for service.

Nissan said it found out about the problem after getting a report of a fire in a 2016 Maxima on June 7. The company investigated and found several more fires. It decided to recall the cars on Aug. 24, according to documents.

The company said in a statement that it will send owners a letter this month notifying them of what to do if the antilock brake light comes on. A follow-up letter will be sent once parts are available to make repairs.

Dealers will inspect the serial number on the brake actuator pump, and replace it for free if it has defective seals.

The company said the problem has been corrected in vehicles since it was discovered. Nissan says it has no reports of any injuries caused by the defect.

Most of the recalled vehicles are in the U.S. and Canada, with a small number in other countries, Nissan said.

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