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Nissan to fix 5,300 Leafs

Posted On Wed, April 20, 2011

At least 5,300 Nissan Leafs have encountered software problems and need to be fixed.

In a press release, Nissan said the issue relates to the electric car's ignition, as some motorists have been unable to restart their vehicles after turning them off. The foreign carmaker said that once Leaf owners return the car to their dealer, its Vehicle Control Module will be reprogrammed, which the Associated Press reports should take no more than an hour.

Nissan said that approximately 500 Leafs will be affected in the U.S. by the issue and motorists will be alerted as to whether owners should contact their dealer after receiving a message through its on-board telematics system.

While this move would traditionally be called a recall, Nissan is labeling it a "service campaign" because the problem does not pose a safety threat.

Auto insurance companies take a vehicle's safety rating into account when assessing premiums. Industry analysts say that while one recall usually does not affect its rating, that may change if a manufacturer issues several of them. A rise in premiums may then result.

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