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The Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX80 are being being recalled, according to Consumer Reports. There is a problem with the fuel pumps in both of these large SUVs, which could cause them to stall. Obviously this is not a desirable outcome when driving your car (they’re definitely supposed to stay on). If your Nissan Armada or Infiniti QX80 are affected, get it repaired immediately. 

A white 2021 Nissan Armada parked in front of a setting sun.
2021 Nissan Armada | Nissan

Which Nissan Armadas and Infiniti QX80s are affected?

A beige 2021 Infiniti QX80 stopped at a crosswalk as pedestrians walk in front of it.
2021 Infiniti QX80 | Infiniti

Nissan is the company which makes both the Armada and the QX80. They’ve recalled the 2020 and 2021 models of both SUVs. Many of those vehicles impacted were sold in the Middle East; however, some were sold in North America. 

In total, there are 14,221 Nissan Armada SUVs and 9,919 Infiniti QX80s recalled. 

What’s wrong with the fuel pumps?

A black 2021 Nissan Armada against a white background.
2021 Nissan Armada | Nissan

An investigation was done to determine just what was happening with the Nissan Armada and QX80 fuel pumps. It turns out that there was a manufacturing defect. There was a buildup of melted plastic on an injection molding machine. Consumer Reports reported that this caused the “density of some impellers—a rotor that is used to improve the flow of fluids—to be out of specification.”

The impeller is a rotor that pulls fuel from the tank. It increases the flow and pressure of the fuel. This manufacturing issue causes the impeller to swell and then bind. When this happens, fuel can’t get through properly, and the SUVs can stall. 

As you might imagine, when an SUV stalls while driving, there is a high risk of a crash. Luckily, as of June 3, 2021, there were no reports of any incidents related to the fuel pump problem. 

There aren’t any warnings that your vehicle is about to stall, either. If you notice anything unusual in the way your vehicle is driving though, get it checked out as soon as possible. 

How do I know if my car if affected?

A gold 2021 Infiniti QX80 parked in front of a restaurant.
2021 Infiniti QX80 | Infiniti

The NHTSA has information about all open recalls. Go to the NHTSA website and enter in your VIN number. In addition to this current fuel pump recall, the NHTSA website can tell you if there are any other open recalls on your vehicle. 

When you can get it fixed is another matter entirely. Right now Nissan North America is letting people know when their car is eligible for repair. They will be contacting people by mail to let them know when they can get their vehicle repaired. According to the NHTSA website, letters are expected to be mailed July 20, 2021. 

Once they contact Nissan Armada and Infiniti QX80 owners, they’ll inspect and repair the fuel pumps. These repairs are free, as they should be. 

You can also always contact the NHTSA, as well as the Nissan and Infiniti customer service lines to get more information and find out when your vehicle will be eligible for an inspection and repair.

If your Nissan Armada or Infiniti QX80 is part of this recall, get it serviced as soon as possible. This goes for any recall. It’s always a good idea to periodically check the NHTSA and get recalls fixed immediately. Ignoring recalls can have serious consequences. 


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