Nissan Scrambles to Fix Leaf's Starting Issue

Sensor glitch derails electric car's launch
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2011 9:49 AM CDT
Nissan's zero-emission electric car, Leaf, is applauded during a news conference at the Japanese automaker's headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, Friday, Dec. 3, 2010.   (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
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(Newser) – Nissan’s much-anticipated all-electric Leaf is having a hard time getting started—literally. Yesterday, Nissan revealed that the car had a technical glitch which sometimes caused it to have trouble turning on, CNBC reports. “This is not a safety issue as the vehicle will not stop running while being driven,” the automaker stressed in a statement. But it “may not restart after being turned on.”

The problem is a glitch in the air conditioning sensor, which can trigger a warning light, which in turn will prevent the car from starting. The problem has been reported by both US and Japanese consumers, though the company wouldn’t say how many. Nissan has already sold out its initial batch of 20,000 Leafs, but will have to resolve the issue quickly to avoid a PR disaster.

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