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Nissan Pulsar

In a statement, Nissan Australia says the fault "does not warrant a safety recall", and has instead initiated a voluntary service campaign to repair the 9272 affected Pulsar sedans.

“This service campaign was initiated as stalling may occur under certain conditions at low speeds – approximately 10-60km/h with the accelerator pedal in the ‘off’ position,” Nissan Australia’s statement explains.

“The car can be restarted if stalling does occur.”

The Japanese car maker says the service campaign affects Nissan Pulsar sedans produced in Thailand and equipped with the brand’s 96kW/174Nm 1.8-litre four-cylinder ‘MRA8DE’ petrol engine.

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“Nissan dealers reprogram the engine control module in affected cars to rectify any unexpected engine speed dropping,” the statement continues.

“Nissan is committed to a high level of customer service and satisfaction and has worked with its dealers to promptly address this issue.”

Nissan says the majority of defective vehicles were either on their way to Australia or still in dealerships when the service campaign was announced and had the rectification work applied before being sold.

A total of 3619 affected Pulsar sedans were sold before the service campaign was issued, while approximately 1000 others had been distributed to fleets. Nissan Australia contacted all owners and fleet managers by registered mail last month to alert them to the service campaign, which is being conducted free of charge to customers.

The Nissan Pulsar engine stalling issue emerges as Volkswagen Australia recalls 33,941 Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda cars across the country to repair a defect with the vehicles’ seven-speed ‘DSG’ dual-clutch automatic transmissions that can lead to a loss of engine power.

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