Nissan Recalling 793,000 Rogue SUVs Over Fire Risk

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
nissan recalling 793 000 rogue suvs over fire risk

While alchemy has famously spent the better part of recorded history trying to transmute lead into gold, the automotive industry has repeatedly managed to achieve the lesser-known act of sorcery where water is converted into fire. This usually occurs when humidity ends up corroding an essential electrical component, resulting in fire risk that becomes the deciding factor in a recall campaign.

This week’s corporate conjurer is Nissan, which has decided to call back 793,000 Rogue SUVs in the United States and Canada.

While the relevant documentation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) explains that fire risks are rare, it’s still advising caution while the manufacturer recalls impacted vehicles from the 2014-2016 model years.

The reported culprit is a wiring connector located in the driver’s footwell. Apparently, water and salt can enter the area and corrode the unit to a point that it can make a Rogue’s electrical systems go haywire. Drivers may notice diminished battery life, disabled controls on the driver-side (e.g. windows, seat adjustments, etc.), and even the occasional warning light for the all-wheel-drive system.

Nissan said that it’s even possible that the defect could cause a vehicle fire, with the manufacturer noting seven “thermal incidents” relating to the matter. As much as we’d like to single them out for criticism, it seems that most major automakers have been forced to issue some kind of fire-related recall within the last couple of years — though some have worse incendiary track records than others.

The Japanese automaker is asking any owners who notice the above issues to exercise the maximum amount of caution and park vehicles outside until the necessary repairs have been made. Though anybody who notices a burning smell or notice smoke inside the vehicle is being encouraged to immediately contact Nissan Roadside Assistance to have it towed to the nearest dealership.

However, the official recall won’t kick off until the spring, as Nissan doesn’t yet have a comprehensive solution for the defect. Impacted customers will begin being notified in March to schedule times to bring in their Rogue. But they might have to wait a little longer before the company actually starts issuing repairs if a regulator-approved solution hasn’t been settled upon.

[Image: Nissan Motor Co.]

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  • Land Ark Land Ark on Jan 27, 2022

    I guess this is a real concern for people whose broken down cars develop sunroof leaks while sitting abandoned due to their CVT failing. Things just go from bad to worse for Rogue buyers. Seriously, Nissan Rogue is easily the most anonymous, bland, boring car you can buy in 2022. Change my mind.

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    • BobinPgh BobinPgh on Jan 27, 2022

      Wasn't there a Star Wars Rogue One version of the Rogue a few years back?

  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Jan 27, 2022

    "Apparently, water and salt can enter the area and corrode the unit to a point that it can make a Rogue’s electrical systems go haywire. Drivers may notice diminished battery life, disabled controls on the driver-side (e.g. windows, seat adjustments, etc.), and even the occasional warning light for the all-wheel-drive system." So when it fails it emulates a Volkswagen? :-) [This can't be too bad, since VW is the choice of discriminating automotive writers and the very very smartest TTAC commenters.]

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