Nissan has developed a software patch to fix the problem when the new Nissan LEAF refuses to restart. Owners will be messaged to get the fix.
They’re not exactly thick on the ground but, as we reported just a week ago, Nissan has already got problems with the Nissan LEAF, which has been refusing to restart once it’s stopped.
Not restarting is not exactly a safety issue, so as long as you can actually get your nice new Nissan LEAF to start in the first place there’s no chance it will pack up on you mid-journey (unless you run out of electrickery).
But having stumped up at least £10k more than an equivalent ICE car would cost for your LEAF, the least you should be able to expect is it to do what it says on the tin without packing up.
It appears that the problem lurks deep in the programming for the AirCon, and Nissan has now got a fix developed which will mean reprogramming the vehicle control module.
A nice plus for LEAF owners is that the LEAF has a built in messaging centre, so Nissan will be zapping messages out to all LEAF owners (a bit more than 5,000 worldwide) inviting them in for a quick interface with a Nissan techno-geek and a laptop (no spanners required).
We’re assuming that the first Nissan LEAFs in the UK will be included in this recall, but if they are you will get a message flashing up in your LEAF to let you know.
This really shouldn’t have happened in the first place, but hats off to Nissan for addressing it so quickly.