2005 Nissan Murano
NHTSA Defect Investigations
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 2005 Nissan Murano, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:
INVESTIGATION: FUEL TANK PUNCTURES FROM ROAD DEBRIS
NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE05050
Component(s): Fuel System, Gasoline:Storage:Tank Assembly
Fuel System, Other:Storage:Tank Assembly
Summary: ODI opened a preliminary evaluation based on four vehicle owner questionnaires (voq's) indicating that the fuel tanks werepunctured by road debris under normal, "non" off-road driving conditions.as of November 30, 2005, the complaint total increased to 12.Nissan supplied ODI with 31 complaints of fuel tank punctures, including 26 not previously known to ODI from the voq records. In a letter dated January 9, 2006, Nissan North America, Inc. Notified ODI of its plan to recall approximately 209,000 model year 2003 - 2006 Nissan Murano vehicles built from April 24, 2002 (start of production of MY 2003) through November 24, 2005 (including a portion of MY 2006 vehicles) to correct a deficiency in fuel tank shielding from road debris.this recall has been designated NHTSA no. 06V-003.recalled vehicles will be fitted with protective shielding for the frontal portion of the fuel tank to reduce the possibility of puncture by projectiles from the front wheels.accordingly, this investigation has been closed.
INVESTIGATION: DRIVER SEAT ANCHOR FAILURE
NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE08065
Summary: This investigation concerns structural failure of the anchor/bracket on the left rear side of the driver's seat.the concern is that such failures may alter the driver's seated position so as to reduce effectiveness of the occupant protection system or potentially compromise vehicle control.failure of the subject anchor bracket results from metal fatigue and causes rearward tilting of the driver's seat.these failures usually occur during driver ingress but may also occur while the vehicle is being operated.the safety related concerns during actual vehicle use were not validated by this investigation.while the number of complaints of this problem is relatively high, only three very minor, undocumented injuries were reported.the reported injuries occurred during driver ingress, not while the vehicle was in motion.investigation disclosed that the apparent risk of compromise to vehicle control has not been demonstrated.investigation also disclosed that the apparent risk of collapse of the driver's seat back has not been demonstrateda safety related defect trend was not identified and this investigation has been closed.