Nissan Issues Stop-Sale On New Z Over Safety Concerns

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Manual versions of the sports car aren't affected.

After the 370Z overstayed its welcome by a few years, Nissan finally has a new sports car on sale. The new Nissan Z arrived in America recently, and while enthusiasts will no doubt be clamoring to get their hands on one, there are a few early stumbling blocks. The first one is pretty obvious, that being exorbitant dealer markups. Some of these markups go all the way up to $50,000, making a mockery of the attractive base price.

But a new issue has surfaced, and it affects automatic variants of the Nissan Z. As of now, your Z will probably be delayed due to an issue with the nine-speed automatic transmission that could cause the car to roll away.

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We reached out to Nissan to confirm the status of the Z sports car with the automatic transmission and received the following response: "Nissan initiated a quality hold on MY2023 Nissan Z automatic transmission equipped vehicles on August 29, 2022 while it investigates this issue. The investigation is ongoing at this time."

As the investigation is still happening, no recall of the 2023 Nissan Z has yet been listed on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) website. However, thousands of Nissan Titan and Frontier pickups have been recalled for an unsecured transmission issue that could cause a rollaway. Like the new Z, these trucks use a Jatco nine-speed automatic transmission.

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The recalls of the Frontier and Titan include 2020-2023 models and impacts over 200,000 pickups. According to a summary of the issue on the NHTSA website, "the transmission parking pawl may not engage when the vehicle is shifted into park, which can result in a vehicle rollaway."

It's fair to assume that the new Z has potentially been afflicted by the same issue and a recall seems inevitable. Under notes for the Titan recall, it states that a remedy is currently being planned but that owner notification letters will only be sent out on November 1.

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For now, owners of the trucks have been advised to apply the parking brake whenever the vehicle is parked, something that should be done anyway. The only good news for the Z is that sales started recently so a fairly small number of units will be affected compared to the Titan/Frontier.

While many Nissan fans will only be interested in the manual Z, the automatic model shouldn't be ruled out. This transmission is known as the 9G-Tronic in Mercedes-Benz models where it provides shifts that are both smooth and fast. That's not the only advantage in the automatic model's favor, either; the V6 sounds even better when paired with the automatic and, in Sport trim, won't cost anything extra.

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