Nissan is recalling several models of vehicles due to a software error in the anti-lock brake system that could increase the stopping distance when brake pressure is applied. Certain model year 2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinders, model year 2013 Infiniti JX35s and model year 2014 Infiniti QX60s fall under the recall, adding to ongoing safety concerns raised by automotive software features. In total, 151,695 vehicles are affected by the recall, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“In the affected vehicles, during light braking on rough roads, the anti-lock brake system (ABS) brake pressure output software may lead to an increase in stopping distance,” the NHTSA stated in the recall notice, adding that the consequence is that “the increased stopping distance may increase the risk of a crash.”
Nissan plans to notify owners of the potentially affected vehicles, and dealers will reprogram the ABS for free. According to Nissan, no accidents or injuries have been reported due to the issue. The incident is the latest in a string of mechanical and electrical issues facing the Pathfinder and Infiniti models, the Los Angeles Times noted.
The recall also serves as a reminder of the ongoing challenges presented by the increased presence of software in cars. While this incident has not yet had any adverse effects, it underscores the potential flawed software has to cause accidents and mishaps, as well as the cost of dealing with bugs and performance issues after the fact. Automotive manufacturers can benefit from using tools such as source code analysis software designed to ensure MISRA compliance when developing new features. Additionally, running automated analyses can help catch potential errors, reducing the need to recall tens of thousands of vehicles down the line.