Nissan recalls Leaf vehicles over brake problem
Nissan Motor Co. chief vehicle engineer Hidetoshi Kadota demonstrates a quick charge of a Nissan Leaf by a solar-assisted EV charging system at Nissan's global headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, Monday, July 11, 2011. (AP / Koji Sasahara)
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, March 13, 2016 9:55PM EDT
LOS ANGELES -- Nissan is recalling more than 47,000 Leaf electric cars in the U.S. and Canada, citing a possible brake malfunction.
Documents posted by U.S. safety regulators Saturday say the problem is centered on a relay inside the cars' electronic brake booster.
Very cold temperatures can cause the relay to fail, requiring more driver effort to operate the brakes. That could increase the risk of crashing.
No accidents or injuries have been reported to Nissan.The automaker will notify owners who need repairs.
Dealers will reprogram software that controls the recalled cars' brake control, free of charge.
The models in the recall were manufactured between Nov. 19, 2012 and July 31.