UPDATED: Leaking Gas Tanks Initiate Recall for Nissan Sedans

UPDATED: Leaking Gas Tanks Initiate Recall for Nissan Sedans
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October 28, 2015

Nissan North America is issuing a recall due to issues with the gasoline tank.

The American arm of the Japanese manufacturer announced the decision this week after discovering that the 2016 Maxima vehicle contains an improperly installed part.

The "o-ring" may have not been seated correctly at the time of assembly, meaning that fuel may leak during a crash from the area where the fuel sending unit attaches to the fuel tank. If fuel leaks from this location, it may increase the risk of a fire in the event of a crash.

Nissan's recall includes about 5,500 vehicles. Only cars manufactured between March 19, 2015 and June 2, 2015 are involved.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the remedy for the recall has not yet been determined. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Vehicle owners with questions about this recall can contact Nissan customer service toll-free at (800) 647-7261.

Update:Nissan is adding about 42,000 model year 2013-2016 Altima vehicles to this recall due to the "o-ring" defect. Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will install a retainer ring between the fuel tank and the fuel sending unit.