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Nissan recalls 12,000 2016 Titan XD pickups over fuel issues

A problem in the fuel system may prevent the fuel gauge from accurately estimating the amount of fuel remaining.

The 2016 Nissan TITAN XD, which made its world debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is set to shake up the highly competitive full-size pickup segment when it goes on sale in the United States and Canada beginning in late 2015 - with a bold all-new design that stakes out a unique position in the segment between traditional heavy-duty and light-duty entries.

Running out of gas is a serious bummer, but it's even worse when your fuel gauge claims that there's plenty of gas to go around. That's the reason behind Nissan's latest recall.

Nissan issued a recall covering 12,112 examples of the 2016 Nissan Titan XD pickup truck. All the affected models are equipped with the diesel V8 and have build dates between August 7, 2015, and September 1, 2016. The XD is Nissan's sort-of-heavy-duty truck, meant to exist between traditional light- and heavy-duty pickups.

The issue lies within the fuel system. During assembly, a fuel tank breather tube cap may have been left installed on the car. If that's the case, the breather tube won't be connected to the bed rail as it should. That means the fuel tank may not have proper ventilation, which can screw with both the fuel gauge reading as well as the "Distance to Empty" readout on the dashboard.

Since nobody wants to end up stranded on the side of the road, Nissan will set about investigating the recalled vehicles. If necessary, dealerships will replace the fuel tank breather tube, the fuel tank itself and/or the fuel sending unit. Nissan has not yet said when it will send out notifications to owners.