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2013-’14 Nissan Pathfinder Recalled for Brake Light Problem Actually

A faulty brake-light switch may cause the brake lights to remain on even when the brakes are not applied.

WASHINGTON — Nissan North America is recalling 79,853 2013-’14 Nissan Pathfinder SUVs because of a brake light problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Additionally, the brake-light switch may interfere with the brake-shift interlock, allowing the driver to exit the vehicle without the transmission in the ‘Park’ position,” NHTSA said in its recall summary. “If the brake lights remain illuminated, other drivers may fail to stop when the vehicle actually brakes, increasing the risk of a crash.

“If the driver exits the vehicle without the transmission in the ‘Park’ position, the vehicle may roll away, increasing the risk of injury.”

There are no reported accidents or injuries linked to the recall, Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger told Edmunds.

The affected Pathfinder SUVs were built from June 20, 2012 to June 13, 2013.

Nissan dealers will inspect the brake-light switch and, as necessary, replace the relay. The recall is expected to begin on July 25. Owners can contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.

Edmunds says: Owners of these vehicles should schedule a service appointment once they receive their official recall notice. But if you have an immediate concern, it’s best to contact your dealer now.

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