Naysayers can gripe about EVs all they want but the truth is Nissan hasn’t had any problem selling the Leaf electric vehicle since it went on sale last December. Unfortunately, some owners have reported the car won’t restart after being turned off lately.
Nissan is looking into the issue, although has yet to track down the exact cause. Nissan spokesperson Steve Oldham tells us that “if a sensor in the air conditioning system is activated, it will illuminate a warning light on the instrument panel and may cause the vehicle to not restart once it has been turned off.”
Nissan has determined that the problem does not have any impact on the car’s safety and will not cause a Leaf to stop running during driving. Nissan will not issue a recall, and depending on the cause of the problem, it may send a service bulletin to owners or proceed with other steps as needed.
The startup issue has been reported by owners in both the U.S. and Japan, the Leaf’s two primary markets. Since the car went on sale last December, Nissan has sold over 3300 of them in Japan and 452 in the U.S. We do not know how many Leafs have been affected, but Nissan says that there are only “a small number of vehicles” with the restart problem.
Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)