A braking defect is at the heart of Nissan’s recent recall of close to 400,000 vehicles in the United States.

According to the company, this defect presents a potential fire hazard, as a worn-down pump seal may cause brake fluid to leak. The automaker urges customers whose vehicles display the anti-lock brake warning light for more than 10 seconds to keep them parked as far from any structures as possible.

“If the warning is ignored ... the brake fluid leak may potentially create an electrical short in the actuator circuit, which in rare instances, may lead to a fire,” Nissan’s official recall states.

Four Nissan models are affected by the recall: Nissan Murano SUVs from 2015-2018, Maxima sedans from 2016-18, Infiniti QX60s from 2017-19, and Nissan Pathfinder SUVs from 2017-19. The company’s official statements have not noted whether this defect has yet caused any fires or injuries.

Nissan has said that it is working on a fix for these issues and will have more information about it to share with customers in December.

“Once the remedy is available, owners will receive a final notification letter asking them to bring their vehicle to an authorized Nissan dealer or INFINITI retailer to have the remedy work completed at no cost for parts or labor,” Nissan explained.

This latest recall follows a 2018 recall that affected 215,000 Nissan vehicles. The cause involved similar brake fluid defects. Any vehicles that were not repaired as a result of that recall are considered to be included in this current one.

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