Nissan Recalls 2014 Infiniti QX80 SUV

Apr 10, 2014 01:38 PM EDT | Jordan Ecarma


Nissan has issued a recall for the 2014 Infiniti QX80 SUV model that comes with 20-inch wheels, citing a labeling issue that could allow the car to be overloaded.

Including 468 SUVs, the recall should begin this month, reported.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration discovered the issue during a routine examination of the vehicles, finding that the SUVs had incorrect labels that could result in their being overloaded.

"In the affected vehicles, the certification label incorrectly lists the Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) as 4,497 pounds instead of the correct 4,343 pounds," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem, as quoted by Edmunds. "An incorrect GAWR listing may result in the vehicle being overloaded, which may increase the risk of a crash."

Nissan seems to have reacted quickly to the potential issue, which the NHTSA discovered in mid-February. The carmaker put a hold on models "within its control and sought to ascertain whether any of the potential affected vehicles have been retailed," NHTSA said.

The vehicles in the recall were built from Dec. 2, 2013 through Jan. 27, 2014, according to Edmunds. The SUVs built before and after those dates have correct labeling and won't be affected by the recall.

Nissan will provide new labels and instructions for installing them to any owners affected by the recall. Owners can contact Infiniti at 1-800-662-6200.

Automakers appear to be exhibiting extra caution when it comes to vehicle safety in light of the General Motors 2.6 million-car recall that has been related to dozens of crashes and 13 deaths.

Toyota announced its own massive recall this week that comprises 6.4 million vehicles; however, the automaker appears to have recalled the 27 models before the safety defects led to any crashes or deaths.

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