Nissan is recalling more than 809,000 small SUVs in the U.S. and Canada because a key problem can cause the ignition to shut off while they’re being driven.
The recall covers certain Rogues from the 2014 through 2020 model years, as well as Rogue Sports from 2017 through 2022.
Nissan says the SUVs have jackknife folding keys that may not stay fully open. A jackknife-style key is a type in which the metal blade of the key flips out from within a plastic key fob. An internal joint in the key can weaken over time, allowing the key to accidentally fold while in use. If this happens while the key is in the ignition, then the vehicle can be accidentally turned off if the key is touched or bumped.
This can cause a loss of engine power and power brakes, and the airbags might not inflate in a crash.
The recall only involves the base Rogue S and smaller Rogue Sport S models. Nissan hasn’t yet worked out a solution to the problem, according to documents the automaker filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Once a solution is available, according to NHTSA, it will be provided by Nissan dealers free of charge.
The company says it’s not aware of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem.
Nissan hasn’t come up with a fix yet.
Owners of vehicles involved in the recall are advised not to attach anything to the keys that might pull it down and, also, to insert the key into the ignition in a direction that allows the key to fold fold only upward, not down.
Nissan will begin alerting owners about the recall later in March. Owners with questions about recall can also call NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236.
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