Recall Alert: 53,000 Nissan SUVs, Sedans and Infiniti Crossovers, Sedans

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Vehicles Affected: Nearly 53,000 model-year 2003-04 Nissan Pathfinder SUVs, 2004-06 Sentra sedans, 2003-05 Infiniti FX35 and FX45 luxury crossovers, 2003-04 I35 luxury sedans, and 2006 M35 and M45 luxury sport sedans, all originally sold or currently registered in areas with high absolute humidity, including Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Florida and adjacent counties in southern Georgia, as well as coastal areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas

The Problem: Upon deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture. In a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, a rupture could propel metal fragments, striking and seriously injuring occupants. This action is part of the massive ongoing Takata airbag recall that so far has affected nearly 7.8 million vehicles from 10 automakers.

The Fix: Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger-side airbag inflator for free. The automaker has not yet provided a notification schedule.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Matt Schmitz | November 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2006-2010 Infiniti M

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 98,300 model-year 2006-10 Infiniti M sedans.  

The Problem: Infiniti is voluntarily recalling the affected sedans to replace the accelerator pedal assembly and reprogram the engine control module. "On some vehicles, an accelerator pedal sensor may cause the vehicle to go into a fail-safe (limp home) mode when the pedal is pushed to the right while being depressed.  In rare instances, this may cause the engine to stop running while idling or coming to a stop. In these instances, the vehicle can restart," Infiniti spokesman Kyle Bazemore said in a statement.

The Fix: Infiniti will begin notifying owners in November, and dealers will replace the accelerator pedal and reprogram the ECM for free. "Infiniti prides itself in providing a high standard of customer satisfaction, and we regret any inconvenience this may cause our owners," Bazemore said.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Infiniti at 800-662-6200 for more information.

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By Jennifer Geiger | September 26, 2013 | Comments (1)

2013 Infiniti M35h Video

The 2013 Infiniti M35h gets 38% better fuel economy than the gas-only M37, yet costs only 12% more. Sounds great, says Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley, but it's still going to take you a decidedly pokey eight years to realize any financial advantage from this luxury hybrid. Meanwhile, you'll contend with the sort of finicky, unrefined driving not uncommon among hybrids of a lesser pedigree. That said, the M35h gets going swiftly, rides comfortably and provides all of the interior amenities you'd expect for the price; watch the video and decide if it's enough to justify the delayed payback.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 14, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Infiniti M35h: Family Checklist

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The powerful 2013 Infiniti M35h is a performance hybrid that seemingly allows you to have your cake and eat it, too. Great, right? Well, no. Driving this hybrid proved to be more frustrating than fulfilling. My kids enjoyed its roomy backseat, but that's not enough to make me want to buy it.

The hybrid version of Infiniti's flagship M sedan has good looks and posh amenities. And it has a 3.5-liter V-6 that's paired to a 50-kilowatt electric motor to make a total of 360 horsepower.

All of that power in a hybrid sounds awesome. However, as I navigated highways and construction-filled city streets, I felt as though I was herding the M35h through traffic more than actually driving it. The Infiniti's fully electronic steering system may have been the culprit. While Infiniti proudly claims this system helps avoid a "detached steering feel," I would argue it was either touchy and unpredictable or soft and unresponsive. This was one test drive where I was happy the model I tested had lane departure warning and lane departure prevention systems to help me out. It's a large vehicle, so it was surprising it seemed so squirrelly.

By Sara Lacey | July 31, 2013 | Comments (1)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Infiniti M35h

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Soda drinkers typically judge a diet soda's quality based on one key factor: how close it tastes to the sugary version. Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela applies a similar test to the hybrid driving experience, and the 2013 Infiniti M35h suits her palate fine. The quintessentially Infiniti-styled sedan suffers little acceleration lag while boasting horsepower comparable to gas-only versions. You might even forget you're driving a hybrid, if not for the nameplate's "h." If "smooth as butter" driving isn't enough, read Varela's review to see if she can sell you on the Infiniti's fuel diet.

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By Matt Schmitz | January 11, 2013 | Comments (0)

Infiniti to Rename Entire Lineup Q or QX

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Infiniti, one of the last luxury holdouts to have model numbers that actually indicate engine size — as opposed to BMW, Mercedes and Lexus — will rename its entire lineup using Q or QX monikers starting with the 2014 model year.

Luxury brands like Volvo, Audi and Lincoln have similar conventions; Infiniti President Johan de Nysschen headed up Audi of America until last spring. Citing the need for "a new identity and direction to promote consumer familiarity with our model range as we expand the portfolio," he laid out plans to begin the shift "in logical stages" starting with the 2014 model year.

Among Infiniti's SUVs, the EX35 becomes the QX50, the JX35 will be the QX60, the FX35/50 will be the QX70 and the QX56 will be the QX80.

Among the brand's cars, the G25/37 sedan becomes the Q50, which debuts in redesigned form at next month's Detroit auto show. It’s essentially the next G with a new name. The G37 coupe and convertible become the Q60, and the M37/56 becomes the Q70.

By Kelsey Mays | December 17, 2012 | Comments (15)

Year-End Deal Reality Check: Infiniti

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Just because the Christmas shopping season is over, doesn't mean the deals are. The end of the year can be a great time to buy a new car. Infiniti's Limited Engagement sale is back this year, enticing new-car shoppers with low financing on new 2011 and 2012 vehicles.

Well-qualified buyers can purchase select 2012 Infiniti cars and SUVs and take advantage of 1.9% or 2.9% financing. The former is offered for between 36 and 60 months, and latter is offered for 72 months. Vehicles that qualify for the deal include 2012 versions of the Infiniti G25 sedan, G37 sedan, M sedan (including the M37, M Hybrid and M56), FX and QX56. The offer excludes the 2012 Infiniti G IPL.

In an effort to clear 2011 vehicles off the lots, Infiniti dealers are also offering the financing special on 2011 G37 coupes and convertibles and the EX35 SUV. For example, you can buy a 2011 G37 coupe starting at $37,150 (excluding destination charges) and get 1.9% financing for 60 months. These offers end Jan. 3.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 27, 2011 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 14,718 2011-12 Nissan and Infiniti Vehicles

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Nissan is recalling 14,718 model-year 2011 and 2012 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles due to faulty engine bolts, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced. The recall affects the 2011 Infiniti FX, 2012 Infiniti M, 2011-12 Nissan Frontier, 2011-12 Nissan Xterra, 2011-12 Nissan Pathfinder and 2012 Nissan NV.

The affected bolts connecting the engine oil cooler and the engine oil filter to the engine and may have been manufactured below specification strength. Weak bolts could break and lead to an engine oil leak. If there is a leak, the engine oil warning lamp will illuminate, and the engine may become noisy. If the driver ignores the condition, the engine could seize, increasing the risk of a crash.

Nissan will begin notifying owners on Jan. 19. Nissan and Infiniti dealers will inspect and replace relevant parts free of charge. For more info, owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

By Jennifer Geiger | December 27, 2011 | Comments (0)

Infiniti Targets Family, Entry Segments

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Infiniti, Nissan's luxury division, sees an opportunity for growth in two segments — one addressed by the three-row JX crossover, the other by a future model that slots below the brand's popular G25/G37.

Ben Poore, vice president of Infiniti's U.S. business unit, sat down with us at the recent L.A. Auto Show to talk about the brand's potential. With inventories outpacing the industry average — unusual for a luxury brand — sales improved 3 percent in November, but they remain down nearly 4 percent this year. Poore notes the year-over-year results compare to a huge sales year (2010) for Infiniti, but says better inventory should help the road ahead.

He has high hopes for the JX crossover, a car he says targets "a very different market" from the QX SUV despite both having three rows of seats. While the $58,700 QX56 boasts V-8 towing capacity and a flashier clientele, Poore says the $40,450 JX35 hits the jackpot segment of luxury crossovers: the "luxury family."

By Kelsey Mays | December 1, 2011 | Comments (3)

2012 Infiniti M35h Hybrid Sedan: First Look

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  • Competes with: Lexus GS 450h, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
  • Looks like: An Infiniti M sedan with a couple of extra gauges
  • Drivetrain: 302-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 plus 50-kW electric motor for 360 net horsepower; 376-volt lithium-ion battery; seven-speed automatic transmission, rear-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Spring 2011

Due at dealerships in spring 2011, the 2012 M35h is Infiniti's first hybrid and parent company Nissan's first homegrown hybrid technology after many years of selling a Toyota-derived system in the Nissan Altima Hybrid, which is available in limited markets. According to Infiniti, the as-yet-unpriced sedan will achieve 25/30 mpg city/highway, though official EPA ratings aren't available yet.

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Using a single electric motor and two clutches, the Direct Response Hybrid system's mileage characteristics are closer to those of Honda and Hyundai. Their hybrids' higher mileage comes in highway driving. Competitor Lexus' hybrids get better city mileage. Infiniti points out that the combination of 360 net horsepower and 30 mpg is unmatched in the market.

By Joe Wiesenfelder | November 19, 2010 | Comments (1)

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