Every day you juggle work, family, religious, recreational and other obligations. As such, while you expect your vehicle to get you safely to your destination, you may not have much time to think about its internal systems. Still, when an automobile manufacturer issues a recall advisory, you must take notice.

Recently, Nissan issued a recall notice for 450,000 vehicles over concerns that leaking brake fluid may cause a fire. Drivers of certain vehicles should schedule a service appointment as soon as possible. Until then, anyone who owns a notice-covered vehicle should not park it in or near a structure if the anti-lock brake light illuminates for more than 10 seconds.

Recalls generally 

Staying on top of safety recalls makes sense for a variety of reasons. Your safety and the safety of others are the most important ones. The NHTSA indicates that mandatory safety recalls happen in two situations.

First, manufacturers recall vehicles when they do not meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard. Alternatively, recalls occur when there is a safety-related defect with a group of vehicles. The latter is the case with the Nissan recall.

The Nissan recall 

According to media reports, the latest Nissan recall covers the following vehicles:

  • 2015 to 2018 Nissan Murano SUVs
  • 2017 to 2019 Nissan Pathfinder SUVs
  • 2015 to 2018 Nissan Maxima sedans
  • 2017 to 2019 Infiniti QX60 SUVs

While Nissan should send owners of affected vehicles a recall notice, you can check the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recall website to determine if your vehicle is subject to the recall. To do so, you must input your vehicle’s VIN.

If you own a recall-covered Nissan vehicle, you likely want to respond to the recall notice quickly. After all, your personal safety may be in jeopardy. Furthermore, you may face liability for ignoring the recall notice if a vehicle fire injures someone or causes property damage.