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2021 Nissan Rogue: Why Buying Early Could Set You Back

The 2021 Nissan Rogue proves the value in waiting to purchase a new car. Even tried and true models need some road testing to prove their reliability. The 2021 Rogue’s low safety rating and fuel system recall are examples of why buying too soon could cause headaches.

The 2021 Nissan Rogue has overall high safety ratings with one exception

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Consumer Reports gave the 2021 Nissan Rogue high marks in safety. The popular SUV has one glaring vulnerability. Consumer Reports lists the 2021 Rogue’s NHTSA overall passenger frontal-crash safety rating at 2 stars. For some buyers, general high scores may not compensate for such a low rating in this specific category.

Many buyers pay careful attention to passenger safety ratings when choosing a vehicle. Subsequently, a dangerous recall brought the Rogue’s safety under further scrutiny. An increased crash risk and low crash safety ratings are a dangerous pair. 

2021 Nissan Rogue fuel line recall

Consumer Reports detailed the recall on February 11, 2021. Loose connections attaching fuel lines cause certain 2021 Nissan Rogues to stall. The Rogues frequently fail to restart due to this fuel line interruption. Drivers affected by this failure are at increased risk of collision and could be left stranded. 

If possible, front passengers should avoid traveling in affected Rogues until repairs have been made. Dealerships will examine and repair the fuel lines of subjected vehicles at no cost to owners. In short, any signs of fuel system failure should be investigated by a Nissan dealership. 

Why it’s best to hold off before buying a new year model

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Many new releases have engineering flaws that require some road use to be observed. It’s only natural that the first iteration of a new product will require adjustments. Holding off on a brand new release could save buyers time and money. Allowing the market to test a new car is an easy way to inform a car buying decision.

What to look out for 

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According to Nissan, there are several signs that 2021 Nissan drivers should not ignore. Fuel odors or leaks could indicate a faulty fuel hose lock ring. Any fuel leak near an ignition source is a fire risk. Drivers should pay close attention to their vehicles to avoid the risk of injury.

Drivers should not ignore Malfunction Indication Lights. The first sign of fuel line malfunction should be addressed immediately. Consumers can make informed safety decisions by staying up to date with current recall alerts. Nissan drivers should ensure their Rogue is not affected and watch for driver notifications.

What should 2021 Nissan Rogue drivers do?

A manufacturer VIN search will determine if a vehicle is included in the recall. Owners should contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-867-7669 and reference recall number PC791. Repairs began on March 1st, 2021. Licensed Nissan dealerships will perform repairs at no cost to Tacoma owners. According to Nissan, the repairs could take up to an hour, depending on each dealership’s workload.