Nissan Recalls 2016 Maxima Over Fuel Leaks

2016 Nissan Maxima

Well we finally know why Nissan issued that mysterious sales halt over the new 2016 Maxima in July. It’s over potential fuel leaks. Nissan found out about the issue from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration which notified the automaker after discovering the problem during a crash test. Now the company is officially issuing a recall.

The problem is that the fuel sending unit may not have been installed properly to the fuel tank. A displaced o-ring resulted in a seal failure, allowing fuel to leak from the attachment point.

“In the affected vehicles, due to an improperly installed O-ring that may not have been seated correctly at the time of assembly, fuel may leak during a crash from the area where the fuel-sending unit attaches to the fuel tank,” NHTSA said in its recall summary. “If fuel leaks from between the fuel-sending unit and the tank, it may increase the risk of a fire in the event of a crash.”

The recall impacts 5,458 2016 Maxima’s built from March 19, 2015, to June 2, 2015. Nissan says it hasn’t received any customer complaints, accidents or injuries. It’s also still working on a fix, so right now timing for recall repairs isn’t clear. Owners may contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to

The all-new dramatically restyled 2016 Maxima arrived in dealerships in June and the Car Pro recently put it to the test. Engineers lowered the ride height, retuned the engine, stiffened the chassis and shed weight on the eight-generation flagship, which has been around for more than 30 years. The changes were meant to make it more competitive against premium-class models.

In the looks department, the new Maxima features a lower profile and a wide stance, along with the Nissan signature V-Motion grille, and a floating roof design. The inside is designed to be both sporty and luxurious with a U.S Navy Blue Angels fighter jet-inspired cockpit and racecar-like seats.

All trim levels feature an 8.0-inch gestures touchscreen equipped with NissanConnect and navigation. The system is compatible with Hands-Free Android Texting as well as providing Nissan Voice Recognition for navigation and audio. There is also an available 11-speaker Bose premium audio system to really rock out that commute.

Some of the available safety features include Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Cruise Control, Forward Emergency Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Blind Spot Warning. All are standard with the Sl, SR, and Platinum trims.

The Maxima gives drivers a choice of five trim levels with the base S model starting at $32,410 and the crème de la crème Platinum at $39,860. The other models are the SV at $34,390, the SL at $36,890, and the SR at $37,670.

Photo Credit: Nissan



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