Trucks & SUVs

This Tiny 2019 Nissan Titan Recall Fixes What Could Be a Federal Safety Violation

Years ago, the Nissan Titan was considered a good full-size truck. However, the Titan’s sales have been tanking recently, and not solely because of the global pandemic. While used Nissan Titans have relatively low reported complaints compared to other trucks, some issues are very expensive to repair.¬†

There’s nothing particularly special about the Nissan Titan that makes it stand out amongst other trucks like the Ford F-150. The interior is pretty bland, and it can’t accelerate as quickly or tow as much as its rivals. To make things worse, Car Complaints just reported another recall that could make potential buyers avoid the Nissan Titan.

Details about the latest recall

The recall only concerns a minuscule amount of trucks, 82 units for the 2019 model year. According to the recall, the LED headlights have the wrong aiming marks. These headlights are only available on higher trims of the Nissan Titan, like the off-roading Pro-4X model. While more expensive, LED bulbs work better than traditional halogen bulbs because they shine brighter and last longer.

However, even the brightest bulb won’t be as safe if your car’s headlights aren’t aimed correctly. Headlights usually need adjustments if your car regularly carries heavy cargo, which can slightly shift the vehicle’s ride height. In the case of these Nissan Titans, the headlight alignment came adjusted improperly from the factory.

This is a federal safety violation because it could cause drivers to have reduced visibility at night. They won’t be able to see objects directly in their line of sight, which could result in a crash. Misaligned headlights can also shine in another driver’s field of vision, which would endanger them as well.

Because the owner’s manuals don’t usually offer guidance on headlight aiming, most LED headlights are readjusted at regular service appointments. If they’re misaligned from the getgo, a technician won’t be able to recognize and fix the problem.

What should 2019 Nissan Titan owners do?

Affected truck owners should try to avoid driving at night until the issue has been fixed. Nissan said that the headlight assemblies will be repaired free of charge at the dealership. The recall officially begins on October 20, 2020.

If drivers have any questions, they can visit Nissan’s website or call directly at 800-867-7669. Be sure to mention what kind of truck you have and the recall code PC751.

Other recent Nissan Titan recalls

This will be the third recall so far for the 2019 Nissan Titan. Last summer, over 90,000 units from model years 2017-2019 were recalled due to a faulty alternator harness. If left unfixed, the alternator could cause an electrical short and make the engine stall.

Later that year, an even larger recall was announced concerning the Nissan Titan’s backup camera. No image would be displayed while the truck was in reverse. Over 1,000,000 Nissan units, including many of its SUV models, were affected.

The majority of complaints about the Nissan Titan are from models produced before 2012. Still, Consumer Reports listed the 2019 model as one of the least reliable trucks.

Is there anything good about the Nissan Titan?

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The Nissan Titan has the most powerful standard engine, a 5.6-liter V8 capable of 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. The base trim also comes with many standard features, making it a good value. Abundant safety features are standard and it’s the only truck in its class with reverse emergency braking.

However, due to its limited selection of powertrain options and low-rent interior, you might be better off spending your money elsewhere. The Nissan Titan definitely isn’t the worst truck available, but most of its big-name rivals are better.