Nissan has announced a recall of nearly 1 million vehicles, including 2014-2020 Nissan Rogues and 2017-2022 Rogue Sport crossovers, due to a dangerous ignition key issue.
The issue revolves around the design of the jackknife-style keys that can unexpectedly collapse while driving, causing the engine to shut off, thereby putting the driver and passengers at risk.
While Nissan maintains that there have been no reports of injuries linked to the issue, the recall is a necessary precautionary measure to ensure the safety of its customers. The manufacturer is advising owners to avoid attaching anything to the affected Nissan Rogue key fob and use the key in the non-folding position until the necessary fix can be made.
Overview of Nissan Rogue Ignition Key Safety Recall
Nissan has recently announced a recall for over 700,000 SUVs in the United States due to an issue involving their ignition key. The internal pivot that allows the affected Rogue and Rogue Sport key to fold may weaken over time, causing it to rotate downward and potentially shut off the vehicle while in motion.
This poses a significant safety risk, as it could result in engine power loss and prevent airbags from being deployed in the event of a crash.
What’s wrong with the Nissan Rogue key fob?
According to the filing made to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the problem stems from the “jackknife” design of the key, which can unexpectedly collapse while the vehicle is in motion. This malfunction can result in the engine shutting off, posing a significant safety risk to drivers and passengers.
Issues with the Nissan Rogue key fob stem from the internal pivot that allows the key to fold. Over time, this internal pivot may weaken, causing the key fob to unlock and rotate downward unexpectedly. This sudden movement can result in the driver’s hand inadvertently making contact with the key, causing the engine to shut off accidentally, which can pose a severe safety risk for the driver and passengers.
Which Nissan models are affected by this recall?
The problem is limited to the base S models of the Rogue and Rogue Sport SUVs, which affects a significant number of vehicles in the United States, specifically, 517,472 Rogue (model years 2014-2020) and 194,986 Rogue Sport vehicles (model years 2017-2022) are affected.
However, the manufacturer has confirmed that the more recent Rogue models come with an Intelligent Key, and the outdated jackknife-style key is no longer in use for any other trim levels. To check if your Nissan vehicle is included in an active safety recall, you can use this tool provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Does Nissan have a fix for the Rogue Key Fob problems?
To prevent the ignition key from collapsing while driving, Nissan recommends that Rogue and Rogue Sport SUV owners do not attach anything to the key fob and use it in the non-folding position. Dealerships will be provided with instructions to insert a fastener into the key slot as a temporary fix until Nissan’s permanent solution is available.
Once the permanent fix is provided, dealers will insert a spacer into the key slot of the affected SUVs’ key fobs to ensure that the key will not collapse. In addition to these measures, the manufacturer has issued a “stop sale” order on all affected Nissan vehicles, which means that dealers are prohibited from selling, leasing, trading, renting, or loaning any of the recalled SUVs until the recall fix has been applied.
What can I do if I’ve had Nissan Rogue problems?
If you’ve experienced your Nissan Rogue key fob not working properly or any other safety issues with your vehicle, pursuing a lemon law claim could be one of the best options available to you.
Lemon laws are state-specific laws that require manufacturers to replace or repurchase a vehicle if it meets certain criteria, such as repeated repairs for the same problem or a significant defect that impairs its use or safety. Lemon laws can provide consumers with a powerful tool for protecting their rights and seeking compensation for a defective vehicle.
In order to pursue a lemon law claim, it’s important to keep accurate records of all repairs and other expenses related to the defect. This includes receipts for repairs, rental car expenses, and other costs incurred as a result of the defect. It’s also important to act quickly if you suspect that your vehicle has a defect related to the affected Nissan car key.
Lemon law claims must typically be filed within a certain time frame, which varies by state, so it’s important to consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to determine your rights and options.
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