Nissan is recalling 800,000 Sentra sedans over brake lights that do not function as intended. According to the automaker, the vehicle comes with brake lights that might fail to illuminate when the driver taps the brake pedal. Impacted units include all 2016 through 2019 Sentra sedans sold in the United States.
The manufacturer reported that the brake light switches in the impacted passenger vehicles can be exposed to silicon-based grease. If contaminated, the switches may experience oxidation and a buildup of silicon dioxide can then lead to circuit issues. If this is the case, the lights will fail to illuminate when the pedal is in use.
While the issue with the Sentra vehicles does not impact other models, Nissan said in its recall documents, the firm has yet to develop a fix.
In April, impacted car owners are expected to receive a letter in the mail explaining the issue at length. By fall, the firm expects to have enough parts to address the problem in all 800,000 vehicles. When parts are ready, car owners will receive a second notice asking them to schedule an appointment at a local dealership.
Visibility Issues With Nissan Vehicles Increase Risk Of Auto Accidents
Brake lights can help to avoid accidents by giving drivers signs that your car is slowing down. If a driver behind the wheel of a vehicle following behind is not aware that you’re slowing down, they won’t be able to slow down fast enough to avoid a collision.
In order to prevent drivers from operating vehicles without proper brake lights, the firm initiated this recall. Thankfully, no accidents have been associated with the brake light issue so far. Whatever the case, drivers who own one of the Sentra vehicles should be warned that if an issue with their brake lights arises before the second letter arrives in the mail, they could be vulnerable.
If you own one of the Nissan Sentras from the 2016 through 2019 model years and you’re worried about your safety and the safety of your family, contact Nissan to have your questions answered.
This should also serve as a reminder to everyone that leaving enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you is necessary so you have ample time to react if the vehicle in front of you is slowing down.
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