Following on from last month’s official recall of a total of 276 U.S.-made Nissan LEAFs to check for missing structural welds, the Japanese automaker has recalled an even smaller number of U.S.-made LEAFs for power inverter replacement.
As our friends over at GreenCarReports explain, a total of 196 cars, all built during a ten-day period in April this year, are being recalled to inspect for an ‘out-of-specification’ circuit board inside the car’s high-power inverter.
Responsible for taking the direct current power from an electric car’s battery pack and turning it into alternating current to drive the powerful electric motor, a faulty inverter circuit can leave an electric car — and its owner — stranded. Or to think of it another way, the inverter is a little like the fuel injection system or fuel pump on a gasoline car. If it doesn’t get fuel to the engine, the car won’t work.
Nissan isn’t alone in having trouble with its electric car inverters either: last month, Fiat Chrysler recalled 4,141 Fiat 500e electric cars to fix a potential leak in the car’s coolant system which could result in an internal short circuit in the car’s power inverter module.
Nissan says the fault with the circuit board in the 196 recalled LEAFs could result in a sudden loss of power to the LEAF’s 80 kilowatt electric motor, although it isn’t aware of any instances where the fault has caused this to happen.
As with any recall, Nissan will inspect and repair the cars as necessary without charge under recall notice PC281, during which time it will give affected owners a loaner vehicle free of charge. It started notifying owners of the voluntary safety recall campaign late last month, so we’d expect this particular recall campaign to be complete in short order given the number of cars involved.
This recall brings the total number of LEAF-related recalls for this year to three, adding to the aforementioned missing weld recall and a much larger, 29,000 car recall in March for faulty airbag sensor software.
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