Nissan Leaf Brake Malfunctions

Owners of the Nissan Leaf are experiencing brake problems and malfunctions. The Canadian government is investigating possible brake failure issues with the Nissan Leaf on the 2013-15 models. Here are some typical complaints reported to the NHTSA

Date Complaint Filed: 03/13/2015
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES Date of Incident: 03/06/2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10694165

Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc. Leaf
Vehicle Identification No. (VIN): 1FMYU03171K…

SUMMARY:
THERE IS AN ONGOING ISSUE WITH THE LEAF’S BRAKES GRABBING TO QUICKLY WHEN AT LOW SPEEDS AND APPROACHING A STOP DURING COLD CONDITIONS. IT CAUSES THE CAR TO JERK. IT ALSO CREATES AN ISSUE WITH THE TRAFFIC BEHIND US AS THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL TIMES WHEN THE VEHICLES BEHIND ALMOST CRASH INTO US AS THEY DO NOT EXPECT THE CAR TO BREAK SO SUDDENLY.

Date Complaint Filed: 02/23/2015
Component(s): SERVICE BRAKES Date of Incident: 02/23/2015
NHTSA ID Number: 10689960
Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.
Vehicle Identification No. (VIN): 1N4AZ0CP3DC…

SUMMARY:
BAKING CAR OUT OF PARKING SPACE BREAK LIGHT CAME ON. SHIFTED TO DRIVE AND STARTED MOVING FORWARD. BREAKS DID NOT FUNCTION. ROLLED CAR INTO ANOTHER PARKING SPACE AND HAD TOWED. ALL HAPPENED AT LOW SPEED WITHOUT ANY OTHER TRAFFIC BUT THIS COULD HAVE BEEN VERY DANGEROUS. FAILURE WAS CATASTROPHIC SUDDEN AND ESSENTIALLY COMPLETE. THERE MAY HAVE BEEN SOME MINIMAL BREAK FUNCTION BUT NOT ENOUGH TO STOP THE CAR SAFELY FROM ANY SPEED BEYOND 1MPH

Date Complaint Filed: 12/02/2014
Component(s): AIR BAGS Date of Incident: 12/01/2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10661541
Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.
Vehicle Identification No. (VIN): 1N4AZ0CP5DC…

SUMMARY:
WHILE DRIVING, THE RIGHT FRONT AIRBAG LIGHT ACTIVATED, INDICATING THAT THE AIRBAG WAS OFF. THIS OCCURRED AND CONTINUES TO OCCUR, REGARDLESS OF THE PASSENGER’S WEIGHT, OR THE ABSENCE OF A PASSENGER. NISSAN SERVICED THE VEHICLE ONCE BEFORE WITH A “SOFTWARE UPDATE” THAT DID NOTHING TO CORRECT THIS VERY SERIOUS DEFECT. HOW MANY VICTIMS NEED TO DIE OR BECOME CRIPPLED BEFORE THIS IS CORRECTED?

Date Complaint Filed: 11/14/2014
Component(s): SUSPENSION Date of Incident: 10/17/2014
NHTSA ID Number: 10654952

Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.
Vehicle Identification No. (VIN): 1N4AZ0CP6DC…

SUMMARY:
VEHICLE WAS BEING DRIVEN BETWEEN 25-30 MPH WHEN THERE WAS A “POP”, VEHICLE JERKED TO THE RIGHT CAUSING IT TO HIT CURB (CRASH) AND DEPLOY TOP CURTAIN AND RIGHT DOOR AIRBAG. VEHICLE WAS TOWED INTO TO NISSAN DEALERSHIP, INSPECTED BY THE DEALERSHIP, AND RE-INSPECTED BY NISSAN NORTH AMERICA OVER THE PAST 30 DAYS. RIGHT FRONT TIRE WAS PERPENDICULAR TO CAR AND DEFECT WITH TIE ROD / SUSPENSION IS OUR EXPRESSED CONCERN.

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