Nissan recalls nearly 65,000 Leaf EVs, blames driver error

Nissan has launched a global recall of its electric hatchback, the Leaf EV, affecting about 64,700 vehicles, which are second-generation models produced between 2017 and 2022. An alleged driver manual error in the affected Nissan Leaf EV led the Japanese automaker to claim that incorrect instructions on how to operate the defroster were given in the manual, which could lead to poor defroster performance.

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February 13, 2023 at 09:40 am

The Nissan Leaf EV is one of the leaders in the global electric vehicle market. (Reuters)

For example, the Nissan Leaf EV’s driver’s manual states that to operate the defroster, the maximum fan speed should be enabled. However, doing so causes the heater to go into fail-safe mode, which causes the defroster output to be limited. In a worse case, the reduction in heater output could increase the risk of an accident. The problem might sound trivial, but the automaker deemed the problem serious enough to issue a voluntary recall for all affected models. reports that the Japanese auto brand plans to send affected Leaf EV owners the correct instructions for the defroster on or before April 1.

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The current generation of the Nissan Leaf EV has been in production since October 2017. Affordable all-electric hatchbacks have been one of the frontrunners in the global EV market. However, its tech and range on offer is sub-par compared to rival models.

The automaker is currently considering plans to replace the Leaf Ev with a crossover that would sit below the Ariya in Nissan’s portfolio and be produced in the UK. The crossover will be based on the CMF-EV architecture of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance. The Nissan Ariya and Renault Megane E-Tech also use the same platform built for EVs. It’s expected to go on sale in 2025, and more details about it will be revealed in the coming months.

First published date: Feb 13, 2023 at 09:40 AM CST

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