Nissan issues sales halt for redesigned Maxima

The company has not yet publicly identified the mystery quality issue affecting the new sedan.

Nissan has reportedly issued a sales halt for its redesigned Maxima, notifying dealers to hold certain VINs while the company works to track an unspecified quality issue.

Spokesman Steve Yaeger told Automotive News the automaker is not yet ready to publicly identify the mystery problem until it is isolated and fully understood, though it is believed to affect a small number of vehicles. Production, which kicked off in late April, has not been interrupted.

"Nissan is committed to a high level of customer service and satisfaction," the company noted in a statement. "This commitment requires Nissan to periodically place certain specific vehicles on a temporary Quality Assurance Hold to assure that these vehicles, as delivered to our customers, meet our exacting standards and our customers' expectations."

The 2016 Maxima features a restyled body, featuring Nissan's latest design language. Focusing on the "four door sports car" theme, engineers have lowered the ride height, retuned the engine, stiffened the chassis and shed weight.

Maxima sales were down by 38 percent for the first six months of the year, reflecting the falloff in 2015-model-year deliveries as customers waited to buy the redesigned model. Following the 2016 launch, June sales rebounded by 14 percent compared to the same period last year.

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