March 13, 2016, 10:30 PM
Nissan is recalling more than 47,500 Leaf electric hatchbacks in North America to repair a brake problem acerbated in cold weather regions.
The problem (which reportedly was first uncovered by Canadian regulators about a year ago) apparently rests with a relay in the car’s electronic brake booster, which when impacted by cold temperatures results in a failure that could then diminish braking performance, requiring more effort from the driver to slow the car and potentially result in a crash, depending on circumstances.
However, Nissan stresses that it is not aware of any incidents resulting from the problem that affects 679 cars in Canada and another 46,859 in the U.S., from model years 2013 through 2015.
Nissan will notify owners to bring their cars to dealers, who will reprogram the software that controls the braking system. Owners can also check to see if their cars are included in the recall at www.nissanusa.com/recalls-vin#/.
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