really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
0 miles

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2001 Nissan Pathfinder Owner Comments

problem #2

Nov 072002


  • miles


Consumer stated that they would simultaneously press on the gas and brake pedal without notice causing a distraction to the consumer. Dealer notified

- Foresthill, CA, USA

problem #1

Jun 132001


  • miles
2001 Pathfinder safety issue. This problem pertains to the spacing between the gas and brake pedal on the 2001 Nissan Pathfinder. An accident occurred with our Pathfinder directly related to this problem. Because of the close spacing, the gas pedal was mistaken for the brake pedal while entering a parking lot and the driver panicked and the vehicle struck a wall. A similar problem occurred with me. While driving into a parking space, I braked but my foot was partially on the gas pedal causing the vehicle to lurch. Fortunately, I discovered the problem in time and prevented an accident. The accident which occurred was the driver's first "at fault" accident in 25 years of driving. The clear distance between the brake and gas pedal on the Pathfinder is 2 3/8". on other cars, I measured the clear distance as 3". this extra distance makes a significant difference in distinguishing the brake and gas pedals. I believe that this spacing is a design flaw in the Pathfinder and creates an unsafe condition. I recommend that Nissan recall these vehicles and replace the existing brake pedal and lever arm with a lever which is offset to increase the space between the brake and gas pedals. At this time, I will drive this vehicle without shoes or wear a soft sole shoe so that I can feel the difference with the brake pedal and gas pedal. A hard sole shoe causes both pedals to feel the same, and because of the close proximity of the pedals, is the source of confusion and safety concern.

- Destrehan, LA, USA

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