Recall Alert: Certain 2013-2014 Nissan and Infiniti Crossovers

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 170,665 model-year 2013-14 versions of the Nissan Pathfinder crossovers manufactured between June 20, 2012, and Nov. 18, 2013; model-year 2014 Pathfinder Hybrids manufactured between July 18 and Nov. 18, 2013; model-year 2013 Infiniti JX35 crossovers manufactured between Nov. 29, 2011, and June 14, 2013; model-year 2014 Infiniti QX60 crossovers manufactured between May 16 and Nov. 18, 2013; and model-year 2014 QX60 Hybrids manufactured between July 18 and Nov. 18, 2013.

The Problem: In these vehicles, the hood release cable assembly may have been installed incorrectly, so the hood may not latch properly. This could cause the hood to open while the vehicle is being driven, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Dealers will modify the angle of the hood release mechanism to provide additional length to the release cable for free.

What Owners Should Do: Nissan has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 28, 2015 | Comments (0)

Infiniti Cancels Electric Car Plans

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The North American International Auto Show in Detroit is buzzing with big electric car news from Chevrolet with the Volt and the Bolt, but Infiniti quietly announced it no longer has plans to produce its electric car, the LE.

Related: Infiniti LE Concept at the 2012 New York Auto Show

When the LE concept debuted at the 2012 New York International Auto Show, Infiniti called it a "production intent" concept and said it would hit the market in the next two years. Three years later, plans to build a luxury electric sedan based on Nissan's Leaf are off due to a renewed focus on higher volume segments, an Infiniti executive told USA Today.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 19, 2015 | Comments (2)

Infiniti Q60 Concept Photo Gallery (27 Photos)

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Infiniti promises a redesigned Q60 coupe in 2016, and if the production version is anything like the concept that the automaker showed off at the 2015 Detroit auto show, expect a stunning coupe with an in-your-face grille and deep, sculpted curves.

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Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 12, 2015 | Comments (1)

Infiniti Q60 Concept: First Look

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Looks like: The next-gen Q60 coupe

Defining characteristics: In-your-face grille and sculpted curves

Ridiculous features: None; it looks production ready.

Chance of being mass-produced: One hundred percent and the production model should look a lot like the concept, according to Infiniti.

There's nothing pie in the sky about Infiniti's latest concept, the Q60, which bowed at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. According to the automaker, it previews what the next Q60 coupe will be in terms of styling and powertrains.

"This I can tell you is about 90 percent. Many of the things — the front view, the very strong shoulder, the sculpted artistry of the body — this is very close to the production," Alfonso Albaisa, Infiniti executive design director, said in a statement.

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Outside, its sharp front edges, double arch grille, broad shoulders and strong character line that runs the length of the body combine for an imposing stance — one much more aggressive than the current Q60 coupe wears. It rides on low-profile 21-inch wheels with matte-black and high-gloss black chrome spokes, adding to the menacing look.

By Jennifer Geiger | January 12, 2015 | Comments (0)

Infiniti Previews Q60 Concept

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On the heels of the stunning Q80 Concept that debuted at last month's Los Angeles Auto Show, Infiniti plans another concept reveal for the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, only this one will likely see production as the next Q60, the coupe counterpart to the Q50 sedan.

Related: More 2015 North American International Auto Show News

The automaker released a teaser pic of the Q60 Concept, and we'll know more when it hits Infiniti's auto show stage on Jan. 13.

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 12, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2012-14 Nissan Juke, Several 2012-15 Infinitis

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 133,000 model-year 2012-14 Nissan Juke crossovers and model-year 2012-13 Infiniti M56 and QX56 vehicles as well as model-year 2014-2015 Infiniti Q70 and QX80 vehicles

The Problem: Insufficiently tightened fuel pressure sensors could cause the sensor to loosen, possibly leading to a fuel leak. This could cause a fire.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and replace the affected fuel pressure sensor parts for free.

What Owners Should Do: Nissan will notify owners starting on or before Jan. 26, 2015. Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.

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

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Infiniti Q80 Inspiration Concept Photo Gallery (21 Photos)

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We first saw photos of Infiniti's newest concept at the Paris Motor Show, but they don't do it justice. In person at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Q80 Inspiration Concept is stunning.  

Related: More 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show Coverage

The "four-door coupe" concept previews a future Infiniti flagship sedan, but there's nothing production about the Q80 Inspiration. Its cab-rearward styling, wavelike grille insert, fanned-out headlights, bulging rear end, V-shaped roofline and rear-hinged doors look straight out of a sci-fi movie.

Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evans Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

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: 2013-2014 Infiniti M35, 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid, Q70 Hybrid

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Vehicles Affected: More than 6,500 model-year 2013-14 Infiniti M35h hybrid luxury sedans manufactured between April 7, 2012, and Sept. 9, 2013; model-year 2014 Q50 Hybrid luxury sedans manufactured between Dec. 10, 2012, and July 15, 2014; and model-year 2014-15 Q70 Hybrid sedans manufactured between April 9, 2010, and May 7, 2014

The Problem: Due to a software error, if the signal is lost from one of the two throttle position sensors, the engine control module will go into a fail-safe mode, partially closing the throttle chamber. If the lost signal is restored, the throttle chamber may open regardless of the position signal from the throttle position sensors; this could cause the vehicle to gradually accelerate unexpectedly, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Infiniti manufacturer Nissan will begin notifying owners in mid-November, and dealers will reprogram the engine control module for free.

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 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid and Q70 Hybrid

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Vehicles Affected: More than 6,200 model-year 2014 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid and Q70 Hybrid luxury sedans are being recalled in two separate actions, one affecting more than 5,400 cars and the other more than 800 cars. Q50 Hybrid sedans in the larger recall were manufactured between Dec. 10, 2012, and June 25, 2014, and in the smaller recall between Oct. 16, 2013, and Jan. 27, 2014. Q70 Hybrid sedans in the larger recall were manufactured between Nov. 7, 2013, and May 7, 2014, and in the smaller recall between Nov. 7, 2013, and Dec. 10, 2013.

The Problem: In the larger recall, both Q50 and Q70 hybrid sedans may have a software error that could cause the electric motor to stop working while the vehicle is being driven in electric-only mode, increasing the risk of a crash. In the smaller action, both sedans may have been assembled with transmissions that have damaged housings, which could crack and fracture, creating road debris and disabling the vehicle, and increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: In the larger recall, Infiniti manufacturer Nissan will notify owners starting in mid-November, and dealers will reprogram the inverter software. In the smaller action, the automaker will also begin notifying owners in mid-November, and dealers will inspect the transmission assembly and replace it if cracks are found. Repairs in both cases will be made for free.

What Owners Should Do: Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or 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 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

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