Nissan Titan, Frontier Pickups Could Roll Away, Are Being Recalled

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Photo credit: Nissan
Photo credit: Nissan
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reported a plan to recall more than 200,000 Nissan Titan (above) and Frontier trucks to address a problem that could lead the vehicles to roll away unexpectedly when parked.

  • The problem involves a defective parking pawl, which is supposed to hold the vehicle in park, Nissan said in documents filed with NHTSA.

  • Owners will be notified starting November 1.

Nissan will be recalling more than 200,000 of its 2020 through 2023 model Frontier and Titan pickups over a defect that could make the trucks roll away while parked. In documents filed with NHTSA, the automaker said the problem is "non-engagement of the parking pawl" on trucks from 2020 through 2023 model years, which have a nine-speed automatic transmission.

Nissan spotted the problem at its Canton, Mississippi, plant and had it confirmed through testing by Jatco, the maker of the nine-speed transmission. The supplier said "insufficient lifting force of the parking pawl, due to friction" was believed to be the problem, according to NHTSA filings.

Photo credit: Nissan
Photo credit: Nissan

Included in the recall are trucks built between December 13, 2019, and June 14, 2022. There have been no reported accidents, the automaker said. Nissan said it will notify owners by November 1, and in the meantime owners are asked to use the parking brake every time they park the vehicles. In the meantime, owners can determine whether their vehicle is included in the recall by visiting the NHTSA recalls website.

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