Nissan recalling 854K Sentra cars to fix brake light problem

FILE - In this March 15, 2020, photograph, the company logo stands outside a Nissan dealership in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Nissan is recalling more than a quarter-million SUVs, trucks and vans worldwide, Thursday, April 2,  to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The vehicles have air bags with volatile ammonium nitrate that can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
FILE - In this March 15, 2020, photograph, the company logo stands outside a Nissan dealership in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Nissan is recalling more than a quarter-million SUVs, trucks and vans worldwide, Thursday, April 2, to replace potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators. The vehicles have air bags with volatile ammonium nitrate that can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

DETROIT – Nissan is recalling more than 854,000 cars in the U.S. and Canada because the brake lights might not come on when the driver presses on the pedal.

The recall covers certain Sentra compacts from the 2016 through 2019 model years, including more than 807,000 in the U.S.

Nissan says silicon contamination from grease used in nearby components can cause oxidation that can make the stop lamp switch near the brake pedal malfunction. If that happens, the stop lamps may not light up and the engine may not start. Owners may see a malfunction indicator light on the dashboard if the condition happens.

Nissan says it's not aware of any crashes or injuries caused by the problem.

Owners will get a interim repair letter in April that will tell them to schedule a service appointment if they experience the problem. When sufficient parts are available in the fall, a second letter will be sent telling all owners to make a service appointment. Dealers will replace the switch and add a protective grommet.