Legal news for New York product liability attorneys – Nissan joins the automotive recall bandwagon starting with 540,000 vehicles recalled for defects.

New York, NY ( – Amidst Toyota, Hyundai and Chrysler vehicle recalls, Nissan has decided to recall 540,000 trucks and minivans worldwide due to defective brakes and inaccurate fuel gauges, announced March 2, 2010, as reported by CNNMoney.

Nissan’s North American division has not received any reports of injuries or accidents correlating to the reasons for the recall, however, the Japanese automaker did receive reports of brake pedal pins becoming disengaged, which hindered the vehicles braking ability. The second reason for the vehicle recall is a fuel gauge problem, which is unrelated to the braking issue. The gas gauge may show that there is still gas in the tank when it is empty for Nissan trucks and minivans.

The brake issue involved the 2008, 2009 and 2010 Nissan Armada, Quest, Titan, and Infiniti QX56 models, which is close to 179,000 motor vehicles in the U.S. All who own one of these recalled vehicles are advised to visit the local Nissan or Infiniti dealership for an inspection and possibly repair. The fuel gauge issues affects 419,000 motor vehicles across the country.

The vehicles included in the recall are the 2005 through 2008 Nissan Titan, Infiniti QX56 models, Armada, as well as Nissan Frontiers, Xterras and Pathfinders manufactured between January and March 2006 as well as between October 2007 and January 2008. Nissan is planning on informing all owners of the fuel gauge recall. All Nissan owners all advised to keep their gas tanks half full until a professional can inspect the vehicle.

“We regret any inconveniences that our customers may experience as we take these precautions,” Nissan North America spokesman Kevin Martin said in a statement released Tuesday. The vehicles that are currently on the market are free of these issues, reported Nissan.

Bridget Hom