By Andrew Thurlowm Crain News Service
DETROIT (Oct. 25, 2013) — Nissan Motor Co. is recalling 188,302 mid-sized SUVs globally to fix a software problem in the antilock braking system (ABS) that may lead to an increase in stopping distance, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said.
The recall covers 100,682 2013-14 Pathfinder models and 52,629 2013 Infiniti JX35 and 2014 QX60 models sold in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Guam.
The recall also affects SUVs in Canada, Korea, Mexico, China, Russia, Taiwan and elsewhere.
Nissan said the ABS is operating as designed, but when activated on urban terrain that the "brake pressure output software setting" may lead to stopping distances that are slightly longer than customer's expectation for the given pedal force.
NHTSA said the change in stopping distance may increase the risk of a crash. However, no accidents or injuries have been reported, a Nissan spokesman said.
Nissan will notify owners of potentially affected SUVs within 60 days to make adjustments to the ABS pressure at no cost. The auto maker did not give an exact date of notification but said "because there are no parts required that it should be sooner rather than later."
This report appeared on the website of Automotive News, a Detroit-based sister publication of Tire Business.