NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: Transmission Failures

    NHTSA Defect Investigation #DP12004

    • Status:
    • Date Opened: June 11, 2012
    • Date Closed: October 22, 2016
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Power Train
    Power Train:Automatic Transmission
    Power Train:Automatic Transmission:Control Module (Tcm, Pcm)
    Power Train:Automatic Transmission:Cooling Unit And Lines
    Power Train:Automatic Transmission:Torque Converter

    Summary: On February 29, 2012 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) received a letter petitioning the agency to conduct "a defect investigation into MY 2005-2010 Nissan Pathfinder, Frontier, and Xterra vehicles [the subject vehicles] for automatic transmission failures related to failed transmission coolers."NHTSA conducted a comprehensive review of data related to this subject. Our report, documenting this review, is available in the document file for this defect petition.It will also be published in the Federal Register. Of the 2,505 referenced complaints, 638 relate to a potential hazard (unable to maintain speed, no motive power, engine stall) and 1,867 concern customer satisfaction issues including, but not limited to, repair cost, vehicle shudder and shake, and engine overheating.Taking into account the allocation of agency resources and priorities and the likelihood that additional investigation would result in a finding that an unreasonable risk to highway safety exists, we conclude that further investigation is not warranted and deny the petition.ODI Complaint ID numbers are referenced on the next page.

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