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Car recall: 800K Nissan SUVs can shut down while driving

Could anything be more terrifying than your car turning off right in the middle of a busy highway? Over 800,000 Nissan SUVs in the U.S. and Canada have been shown to fail while running under certain conditions.

Read on to see if your Nissan is dangerous to drive and how to solve the problem.

Why Nissan is recalling 800,000 SUVs

According to this National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report (NHTSA recall number 23V-093), hundreds of thousands of Nissan Rogue and Rogue Sport models are not safe to drive and are being recalled. Why?

According to the recall, “The jackknife key may not hold the key blade in the extended ‘open’ position. Over time the internal pivot of the jackknife key may weaken, and the key fob could unlock and rotate downwards.

‘If the vehicle is driven with the key in the collapsed position, contact with the key fob by the driver could inadvertently turn the vehicle off while driving, increasing the risk of a crash.”

Which vehicles are impacted? The key itself is component part number 80561-4BA1B. Nissan models included in the recall are:

  • 2017-2022 Nissan Rogue Sport.
  • 2014-2020 Nissan Rogue.

Any Rogue or Rogue Sport manufactured after these years should be fine, as the Intelligent Key system bypasses the physical issue of the jackknife. You should still check to see if your vehicle is part of a recall by searching for your vehicle identification number (VIN) on

Tap or click here for five ways to determine if your vehicle is part of a recall.

You can find your VIN on documents like your title or registration. It’s also found on the vehicle itself. The inside of the driver-side door, under the spare tire, the rear tire well, the front car frame, your dashboard, or anywhere else the manufacturer has it stamped.

We recommend keeping a photo of your VIN on your phone in case of an emergency.

What to do if your Nissan is part of this recall

Nissan is working on a fix for this issue. In the meantime, owners will be notified of the problem in March. In that notification, owners will be instructed to avoid attaching accessories to the key fob and to use the key in the non-folding position until a remedy is available.

In addition, dealers and rental companies will be instructed on an interim solution to insert a fastener into the key slot that will prevent the key from folding. When remedy parts are available, dealers will insert a spacer into the key slot of the customer’s key fob that will not allow the key to collapse.

If you have questions about the recall, contact Nissan at 800-647-7261.

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