The New York Times Blogs (Wheels)
September 4, 2013
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating failures of the continuously variable transmission (CVT) on an estimated 110,000 Nissan Pathfinders and Infiniti JX sport utility vehicles from the 2013 model year, according to a report posted Monday on the agency's website.
NHTSA began the investigation after receiving five complaints from owners and learning that Nissan sent dealers a technical service bulletin in July explaining how to repair CVT fluid leaks from the radiator cooler hose. The safety agency said owners complained that their vehicles were suddenly losing power, sometimes in traffic.
"My wife was driving our two-week-old 2013 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum Edition with my four-year-old daughter when the transmission failed," one owner wrote in a complaint. "My wife was saved by an AAA employee who was kind enough to push her car out of the way of oncoming traffic. These cars need to be recalled."
The agency said it was not aware of any accidents or injuries related to the failures.
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