Faulty ABS actuators cause Toyota, Nissan recalls

Nissan and Toyota have recalled 28,000 vehicles for the same problem. Their ABS actuators may have been equipped with an improperly fitted O-ring that may cause issues with brake fluid pressure.

For the second time in two days, faulty brake actuators have forced automakers to issue recalls. On Thursday, Nissan issued a recall for 12,000 Nissan Murano crossovers and Maxima sedans for the same problem. Friday, Toyota recalled for 16,656 vehicles for the same problem. The actuators were manufactured by the same firm, Advics North America.

In defect bulletins, issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorists were warned that the “subject vehicles are equipped with an Anti-Lock Braking system (ABS), Traction Control System (TRAC) and Vehicle Stability Control System (VSC) which are controlled by the brake actuator.”

The agency said that there is a “possibility that some brake actuators may have been assembled with a pump containing an O-ring that is damaged in such a way that the brake fluid pressure may not be properly controlled during ABS, TRAC and VSC activation.”

The vehicles involved include:

According to the recall information, drivers may need more time to bring their vehicles safely to stops depending on brake fluid fluctuation. Since the braking time may increase, it could lead to accidents.

The Toyota recall affects:

  • 2016 Toyota RAV4s built between Oct. 30, 2016 and Feb. 3, 2016
  • 2016 ES350s built between Sept. 1, 2015 and Feb. 29, 2016
  • 2016 RX350s built between Oct. 26, 2015 and Feb. 8, 2016
  • 2016 Nissan Muranos built between Dec. 17, 2016 and Feb. 11, 2016
  • 2016 Nissan Maximas built between Nov. 25, 2015 and Feb. 12, 2016

Toyota will notify owners beginning in June when owners will be able to return to their dealers where the actuators will be inspected and replaced for free if needed. For further information, you can contact Toyota at 800-331-4331, enquiring about recalls G0I and GLC. You can also contact the NHTSA at 888-327-4236, asking about campaign 16V198000.

Nissan will contact its owners, also in June, on when to take their vehicles back to their dealers for free inspection and, if needed, replacement of the ABS actuators free of charge. For further information, you can contact Nissan customer service at 800-647-7261 or call the NHTSA at 888-327-4236, enquiring about campaign 16V193000.

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