Nissan Canada is forced to recall 13,390 second-generation LEAF EVs covering the 2018-2023 model years due to a braking issue. Basically, it’s possible the car won’t stop after the driver releases the throttle. Imagine that.
Obviously, this problem increases the risk of a crash. However, according to the recall notice posted by Transport Canada, it can only happen after a specific series of actions is performed in a short period of time, including “disengaging the cruise control, changing the drive mode, and applying and releasing the accelerator pedal.”
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If this happens, and the driver doesn't apply the brakes, the LEAF may not slow down as expected. Nissan will notify owners by mail in the coming weeks and advise them to bring their car to a dealership to reprogram the vehicle control module. Nothing more than that, apparently.
This recall is part of a much wider campaign that was announced two weeks ago. A total of 1.4 million Nissan vehicles were recalled globally for various problems, mostly in Japan, Europe and the U.S. As it turns out, only the LEAF is affected in Canada.
Earlier this year, Nissan’s electric hatchback was hit by a recall to fix a right-front brake line that may have been damaged when it was manufactured, potentially creating a brake fluid leak and compromising braking power. Only 40 units from the 2023 model year may have this problem in Canada, though.
Back in 2019, some 4,500 LEAF units from the 2013-2017 model years (first generation) were recalled across the country because a relay in the braking system may freeze when the car is parked in very cold temperatures for a long time, resulting in a hard brake pedal and longer stopping distances.
For more information, LEAF owners and used-car buyers can check out Nissan Canada’s recall website and enter the vehicle identification number.