Nissan issues sell stop on new Z, manual variant unaffected

The new 2023 Nissan Z suffered an embarrassing setback, as the automaker issued a stop-sale order for all models not equipped with the six-speed manual transmission. Dealers have been notified to suspend sales at the end of August. But only recently has the world realized why.

It seems that Nissan is concerned about the possibility of a roll-away when the vehicle is left parked. Interestingly, this issue has also occurred in some late-model Frontier pickup trucks that share the Z’s nine-speed automatic transmission made by Jatco.

The truck recall affects Nissan Frontiers built between June 10, 2020 and August 25, 2022. Nissan Titan pickup trucks manufactured between December 13, 2019 and August 25, 2022 are also affected. The recall notice states that some 203,223 trucks are affected and states that “the transmission’s parking pawl may not engage when the vehicle is put into park, which may cause the vehicle to move.”

While it certainly looks like the Z is suffering from a similar issue, Nissan doesn’t seem positive on anything at this point. There isn’t even an official recall for the sports coupe, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has yet to release the relevant documents. Meanwhile, Nissan is conducting an investigation to determine what the best course of action will be.

Currently, there is no official solution for the problem. The pickup’s recall won’t even result in owners being notified until November, by which time Nissan will hopefully have established the necessary repair protocols.

Although it’s unlikely that it can get away with the industry standard of simply releasing a software update to save time. Considering the problem is believed to be the result of a mechanical fault where excessive friction between the shim and rod fails to engage the parking tab, it is extremely likely that any fix will require removing the entire transmission. This is undoubtedly going to be an expensive and time-consuming undertaking for Nissan.

For now, the company recommends that pickup truck owners apply the parking brake every time they get out of the vehicle. It’s not a bad course of action even when your automobile is in perfect health and something absolutely worthwhile if you own a 2023 Nissan Z with an automatic transmission. Obviously, we don’t have to tell owners of the manual variant to do this because they already do.

The level of danger for most drivers should be minimal if using the parking brake. Rollaways are quite rare on flat ground due to the laws of physics and parking on a slope is probably okay if you take maximum precautions. NHTSA does not have a clear idea of ​​the actual frequency of the defect. But Nissan’s survey of its pickup trucks showed around 13% were affected when sampled.

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