Nissan is receiving plenty of hype pertaining to their new electric car called the Nissan Leaf. Now their innovative automobile is in the news yet again as Nissan recalls more than 47,000 cars to have their brakes fixed.
According to CBS, documents posted by the United States safety regulators on Saturday found a problem on the relay inside the Nissan Leaf’s electronic brake booster. Very cold temperatures may cause the relay to malfunction or fail. This will force the driver to require more effort in operating the brakes which in turn increases the risk of automobile accidents. So far, no accidents or injuries have been reported to Nissan, a good sign that the problem was caught early enough before something really bad could have happened. As for the recall, Nissan will only notify the owners who need the repairs which possibly means not all Nissan Leaf automobiles have the brake malfunction.
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From what Nissan detailed to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the fix for the malfunctioning brakes seems to be a fairly easy one. According to USA Today, the computer in the electronic brake booster just needs to be reprogrammed. Through the reprogramming, the effort needed to utilize the brakes in normal weather conditions will also be present in very cold temperatures, the condition in which the brakes were found to fail.
The electronic brake booster issue is not the only flaw discovered among the Nissan Leaf line. The electronic automobile had issues with its batteries before, which has been rectified by now. Despite its shortcomings, the Nissan Leaf in general has been highly-favorable for the automobile manufacturer. As of December, 2015, it is the world’s all-time best selling highway-capable, all-electric car. Its global sales passed the 200,000 milestone that same month too with over 89,000 units sold in the United States, over 57,000 units sold in Japan, and over 49,000 units sold in the European market led by Norway with over 15,000 units and the United Kingdom with over 12,000 units.
The Nissan Leaf also received numerous awards including the 2010 Green Car Vision Award, the 2011 European Car of the Year Award, the 2011 World Car of the Year Award, and the 2011 and 2012 Car of the Year Japan Awards. Its design of producing no tailpipe pollution or greenhouse gas emissions at the point of operation, as well as its contribution in reducing dependence on petroleum, are factors for is prestigious accolades.
Besides being environmentally friendly, the Nissan Leaf is no prude compared to other electrical vehicles. Many have praised that the Nissan Leaf also has power and speed, something often limited in electrical vehicles. Given the right tires, it can move like a sports vehicle, as proven from the video attached above.
In all fairness, the Nissan Leaf might just be a step for the automobile manufacturer to achieve their dream of producing autonomous automobiles. Past news outlets have reported that Nissan wants to start producing vehicles often called driverless, self-driving, or robotic by 2050. It is believed all aspects of the typical automobile design have to be redesigned for autonomous automobiles specifically to become more electrical. An electrical vehicle, one that is selling well around the world, is surely a step in a progressive direction for Nissan if they want to achieve their desired goals.
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