Nissan Recall: Close To 1 Million Vehicles Recalled Over Accelerator Problem

A Nissan recall will affect close to 1 million vehicles due to an accelerator problem that can cause the engine to stall.

The Japanese automobile company announced the recall on Thursday, noting that it will affect 908,900 vehicles including 764,900 in Japan.

A defect allowed the car’s accelerator pedal sensor to become unstable, which could result in decreased acceleration and in some cases a stalled engine. Nissan will replace the accelerator pads and fix engine control programming, a repair the company officials said would take about 90 minutes.

A spokesman for the company said there have been no injuries or accidents as a result of the accelerator issue.

The Nissan recall affects cars produced in Japan between 2004 and 2013. That includes popular Japanese models Serena, X-Trail, Lafesta, and Fuga.

Though accelerator problems have made headlines in the past, Autoblog writer Brandon Turkus explained that Nissan’s problems are not as severe as other recalls.

“Nissan’s recall is kind of the opposite of the Toyota unintended acceleration, in that it covers a lack of acceleration,” Turkus wrote. “According to the report, a sensor in the gas pedal can develop faults, leading to a sluggish acceleration or an outright stall regardless of how much throttle the driver dials in.”

The automaker has made a few other recalls within the past year, including a recall affecting five models for faulty airbags. The Nissan Altima, Sentra, Pathfinder, and Leaf, as well as the Infiniti JX35 were affected in the recall, which involved front airbags not deploying properly.

Nissan initiated the recall in March, but in February had reported an increasing number of warranty claims regarding airbags in the 2013 models.

The current recall extends to some cars across Europe and Australia and New Zealand. In the United States, the Nissan recall affects 98,300 vehicles, including some Infinity M models.