The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration is looking into dozens of complaints about brakes failing in 2009 Nissan Murano vehicles.
The issue involves the brake pedal losing pressure. Federal documents cite 58 reports that allege the brake pedal loses pressure and requires the driver to putting the pedal to the floor to get the vehicle to stop, say at a stop sign or red light. The problem is linked to the Antilock Braking System Hydraulic Control Unit. It’s an electro-mechanical device that controls hydraulic pressures to the individual wheel brake assemblies. The fact that these generally involve higher mileage, older vehicles suggests the mechanical issue occurs due to aging.
Government documents report that one alleged incident resulted in a crash involving three injuries.
In a statement, NHTSA says: “In some cases drivers allege they are unable to stop within their desired distance resulting in the vehicle going past a stop sign or red light. “One report alleges a crash and 3 injuries when the driver apparently took an evasive maneuver due to the brake pedal losing pressure.”
An investigation could lead to a recall.