Nissan recalling more than 700,000 SUVs that can accidentally shut off while driving

Nissan is recalling more than 700,000 of its Rogue and Rogue Sport compact SUVs due to the risk of driver error when turning them off.

Certain Nissan Rogue and Rogue Sports models from the model years 2016 through 2020 and 2017 through 2022 use jackknife-style keys,

in which the metal blade of the key swings out from inside a plastic key fob. The key may unintentionally fold while in operation if an internal joint weakens with time.

In the event that this takes place with the key in the ignition, touching or bumping the key may inadvertently turn off the engine.

Only the base Rogue S and the smaller Rogue Sport S versions are included in the recall.

According to paperwork Nissan sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,

no solution to the issue has yet been developed. NHTSA claims that Nissan dealers will offer a free fix as soon as one is available.

Owners of the recalled vehicles are advised to not attach anything to the keys that could pull them down in the interim

and to place the key into the ignition so that it can only fold upward and not downward.

Later in March, Nissan will start notifying owners about the recall. Owners can also contact the NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 with recall-related inquiries.

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