Nissan has had to recall its previous model Maxima and Murano vehicles because of a problem that affects the engine air intake ducts of 11,743 Maxima sedans and 4972 Murano SUVs, totalling 16,715 vehicles.
The recall affects all J31-series Maxima V6s produced between August 2003 and January 2008, and sold between December 2003 and May 2009, with VINs ranging between JN1BBUJ31A0 000014 and JN1BBUJ3A0 302117.
The recall also affects the original Murano, which was released here in July 2005 before being replaced in January 2009, and is powered by the same ZQ35 3.5-litre V6 as the Maxima.
The recall notice issued by Nissan says engine heat and vibration could cause the intake to dislodge, resulting in rough idling and stalling.
“The engine air intake duct may become disconnected due to thermal loading combined with normal engine vibration. If this happens, the engine will exhibit rough idling and in a worst case scenario, the engine may stall,” it said.
Nissan Australia will contact the owners of all affected vehicles by writing to arrange inspection and rectification.