Nissan recalls 2013 Pathfinders over CVT fluid leaks

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has posted a recall notice for certain 2013-model-year Nissan Pathfinder SUVs.

Some of the vehicles have exhibited detachment of the transmission cooler line, which was found to be clamped with inadequate force. If the line separates from the cooler, fluid can quickly drain and cause the transmission to malfunction.

The problem is said to be limited to Pathfinders equipped with a continuously variable transmission and manufactured from April 18, 2012 through October 3, 2012.

The company first encountered the problem during a routine quality test drive in September, 2012. Production processes were changed to address the issue, but the company initially believed hose detachment on potentially defective vehicles did not pose a safety threat. After recently talking with the NHTSA, however, it decided to issue a voluntary recall.

The company will formally begin the recall process for 3,065 affected vehicles sometime in May.

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