A worldwide recall of 908,900 Nissan vehicles affects less than 100 of the company's Patrol SUVs in New Zealand.
Nissan's Japanese headquarters announced a recall of 908,900 vehicles earlier today. The recall is over "defective accelerator sensors that could cause the engine to stall", according to a report from Associated Press.
The cars affected by the global action include the popular X-Trail and Patrol SUVs and one model from Nissan's luxury arm, the Infiniti M sedan.
However, the only model affected here is the Patrol SUV with John Manley, managing director of Nissan New Zealand, saying that just 95 examples of this particular version were sold in New Zealand.
Nissan NZ had just a couple of ''limp home'' incidents a few years ago but Manley was unable to be specific as to the exact year this occurred.
It seems that an ''unstable'' throttle sensor can cause the motor and transmission to go into limp home mode on kick-down. Many cars simply re-set once the engine is stopped and then restarted. However Nissan New Zealand says it will contact known ZD engines Patrol owners in order to conduct a 30 minute fix which entails fitting a new sensor.
The worldwide recall is on Y61 Nissan Patrols with the ZD 3.0-litre turbodiesel four-cylinder engine built between June 2006 and July 2013. Nissan New Zealand last sold an example in 2012 and has since introduced a new Patrol model.
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