Nissan Armada Recall Problems

by Andy Joseph

Loaded with a 5.6-liter V8 engine, and with enough space to seat eight people, the Nissan Armada was Nissan's first entry into the SUV market. Large and powerful, the Armada provides an alternative to the smaller, more refined and comfort-oriented seven-passenger SUVs. The vehicle was initially sold as the Pathfinder Armada upon debuting in 2004. Its name was shortened to Armada the following year.


Some 2004 Nissan Armadas might develop problems with the Hopkins aftermarket trailer brake control connection harnesses installed in them. A wire may have been placed in an incorrect position in the electrical connector housing, which can result in faulty routing of wires between the trailer brake controller and the towing vehicle wiring system. This prevents the proper operation of the trailer brake. Hopkins can install a revised harness free of charge.


Some 2005 Nissan Armadas may have fan motors that are not properly sealed. This allows excessive water intrusion and inadequate drainage of moisture, and could cause corrosion in the motor leading. Dealers will install a thermal protector kit, and they can test the air conditioning condenser fan motor and replace it at no cost if necessary.


In addition to the problems with Hopkins aftermarket trailer brake control connection harnesses (that is, if the vehicle has them installed), some 2006 Nissan Armadas share the same problem with fan motors as the previous model year.


Some 2007 Nissan Armadas may fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 210, which dictates seat belt assembly anchorage requirements. That is because the driver's side third row seat belt upper anchor bracket may be cracked, thus severely limiting the belt's restraining capabilities. Dealers will replace the seat belt bracket free of charge.


In some 2008 Nissan Armadas, there may be a failure of compliance with FMVSS No. 207, which establishes seating system requirements. This is because the seat track assembly may have been manufactured out of specification. As a result, the manual seat pawl may not fully engage. Dealers will inspect the seat track assembly on the driver's and front passenger seats, and replace the entire seat assembly free of charge.

About the Author

Based in the D.C. area, Andy Joseph works full-time as a data analyst and technical writer. He has been writing articles about technology, health, politics, music, culture and automobiles since 2007. His work has appeared in The Express, Congressional Report and Road & Track. He has a master's degree in journalism and technology management.

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