The Washington Post

Nissan recalls SUVS over engine shut-off

- — Aaron Gregg

Nissan is recalling more than 700,000 SUVS over concerns that a defect with the keys can cause them to shut off while driving.

The recall affects an estimated 712,458 Rogues produced between 2014 and 2020, and 194,986 Nissan Rogue Sport vehicles produced between 2017 and 2022, according to an announceme­nt from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administra­tion.

The Rogue and the smaller Rogue Sport are among a popular category of midsize SUVS that are roomier than the typical sedan but get better fuel economy than most large vehicles and trucks.

The affected vehicles use a “jackknife” fob key that can weaken over time, causing it to unlock and rotate downward. If the driver bumps the key in this collapsed position, it could inadverten­tly turn the vehicle off while in motion. This is not a problem in newer models, which contain electronic­ally operated keys.

The company said it is unaware of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem.

Nissan is working on a remedy, handled by the dealership­s, in which a “spacer” will be inserted into the key to prevent it from collapsing. In the meantime, the SUV owners are advised not to adorn their keys with any accessorie­s.

Nissan plans to notify affected owners in March and issue a separate notificati­on once the key fix is ready. All sales of the affected models are being halted until the key remedy is available.

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