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Nissan recalls Rogues over CVT problems

Transmission could shift out Park without driver pressing brake pedal

Published: December 13, 2015, 9:30 PM
Updated: December 16, 2015, 3:36 PM

2015 Nissan Rogue

Nissan in the United States seems to be catching up with Canada in recalling 2015 Rogues to fix an automatic transmission problem that could allow the vehicle to shift out of Park.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced the recall of 33,880 Rogues built between February and May of 2015 to address a problem with the safety feature that prevents the Xtronic CVT (continuously variable transmission) from shifting out of Park without depressing the brake pedal.

That brings the number of Rogues recalled in North America to close to 45,000 because back around the beginning of December, Transport Canada ordered a recall of 10,965 Rogues for the same concern.

Of interest is that unlike the NHTSA recall, the TC recall also pointed out that the problem could allow the lever to be moved out of Park without the driver activating the shift lock override (a recessed button near the lever that allows the transmission to be shifted without depressing the brake pedal, usually in case of an electrical failure) and that the ignition key could be removed without the shift lever being in the Park position (only S-trim Rogues don’t have keyless ignition).

Regardless, the problem could allow the vehicle to move without driver intervention or even without its being on.

Owners are being contacted and asked to return their Rogues to a Nissan dealership in order to have the vehicle inspected and repaired — apparently the problem is with the transmission knob, and repairs involve replacing it. Owners can also contact Nissan customer care at 800-647-7261 to find out if their Rogues are affected.