2018-2023 Nissan Leaf EV recalled for cruise-control acceleration flaw

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    Nissan is recalling 2018-2023 Leaf electrical vehicles to deal with a possible challenge that might trigger autos to speed up unintentionally after utilizing cruise management.

    The recall covers Leafs manufactured from September 29, 2017, to March 15, 2023, in keeping with the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA). The recall inhabitants of 66,159 autos represents each Leaf constructed for the U.S. market throughout that point.

    Defective programming logic within the car management modules of affected autos may trigger an software of torque if the driving force applies and releases the accelerator pedal inside eight seconds of deactivating cruise management, adaptive cruise management, or ProPilot Help (basically adaptive cruise management plus automated lane centering), shifting from “D” to “B” or Eco mode, or activating the Leaf’s e-Pedal regenerative braking function.

    2023 Nissan Leaf

    Nissan and the NHTSA look like saying that autos will maintain accelerating till the brake pedal is utilized, not that cruise management will stay lively or reactivate—though the paperwork do not make clear whether or not this might be mild acceleration or way more. In both case, it’s totally completely different from the Tesla unintended acceleration circumstances the NHTSA is investigating as these are potential environments when the automotive is already doubtless at freeway speeds.

    Nissan mentioned the prospect of this occurring in real-world situations is “very low,” noting that the fault has solely been noticed on check tracks and in simulations. The automaker mentioned it’ll implement a repair—the reprogramming of car management modules in affected Leafs—”out of an abundance of warning.”

    The Leaf, not like many trendy EVs, does not provide over-the-air updates, so reprogramming should be accomplished at dealerships. Different automakers have used over-the-air updates to assist keep away from that inconvenience for patrons.

    2023 Nissan Leaf

    2023 Nissan Leaf

    Lucid, for example, even helped slim the recall pool with a chunk of software program pushed to its autos. And Jaguar just lately up to date battery power management module software program over battery fireplace considerations. Tesla even uploaded new window-control software program to vehicles to keep away from the pinch of a bodily recall.

    Few large-scale recollects have utilized to the Leaf, although. Some of the noteworthy is a brake challenge through which the vehicles’ brake booster may freeze, requiring extra pedal stress.

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