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Investigation Launched into Nissan Vehicles Over Engine Failures

Investigation Launched into Nissan Vehicles Over Engine Failures

The U.S. Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has initiated a probe into over 450,000 Nissan vehicles following reports of premature engine failure. The affected models include:

  • Nissan Altima: Model years 2019 through 2023
  • Nissan Rogue: Model years 2021 through 2023
  • Infiniti QX50: Model years 2019 through 2023
  • Infiniti QX55: Model years 2022 and 2023

Key points about the investigation:

  1. Engine Types: The vehicles are equipped with either a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder or a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, both featuring variable-compression technology.
  2. Potential Issues: Preliminary reports suggest concerns with main bearings and the L-link in the bottom end of the engine, which could lead to premature engine failure.
  3. Nissan’s Response: Nissan confirmed the investigation and expressed its commitment to customer safety. The automaker is cooperating with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in response to the probe.
  4. No Recall Yet: As of now, there is no recall. The ODI has launched a preliminary investigation based on six reports of engine failure.
  5. Reported Problems: Reports indicate issues such as loss of power, knocking sounds, metal chunks in the oil, and complete engine failure.
  6. Safety Concerns: Engine failures, especially at high speeds, pose safety risks, including loss of power steering and brakes, as well as potential hazards such as oil spills on the road.
  7. Ongoing Monitoring: The situation is being closely monitored, and updates will be provided as the investigation progresses.

It’s important to note that the investigation is in its early stages, and further actions, such as recalls, may be determined based on the findings. Owners of the affected vehicles should stay informed and follow any guidance provided by Nissan and regulatory authorities.

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