Powertrain issues are the main cause of complaints received by the NHTSA from vehicle owners
Originally launched as a 2004 model, Forbes describes the second generation 2022 Nissan Titan as a “comfortable, capable” American-made truck with “many better rivals.” Assembled in Mississippi, its engines are sourced from Nissan’s Powertrain Assembly Plant in Tennessee. However, its powertrains are manufactured by the Japan Automatic Transmission Company (JATCO). It’s no secret that the Titan has had ongoing powertrain problems, and the 2022 model is no exception.
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Most Common Problems
Redesigned as a refreshed second generation model in 2020, the 2022 Nissan Titan shares recalls with the previous two models that relate to “unsecured transmission” issues. Not surprisingly, complaints to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) about these three models all highlight problems with the transmission.
In an official 2022 Nissan Titan press release, the U.S. automaker states that its 9-speed automatic transmission provides “smooth, fast acceleration.” This, it says, “means excellent coverage for optimal power for both standing starts and confident highway passing.”
Ironically, by mid-August 2023, all but one of the complaints on file with the NHTSA about the 2022 Nissan Titan are about the powertrain. Rather than providing smooth, fast acceleration, complaints say their trucks fail to pick up speed and they don’t respond to standing starts.
Systems implicated in the other complaint are backover prevention and forward collision avoidance.
2022 Nissan Titan Complaint Summary
|Number of Complaints
|Back Over Prevention: Warnings
|Forward Collision Avoidance: Warnings
|Unknown Or Other
There are two recalls on file with the NHTSA that warn an “unsecured transmission may cause rollaway.” NHTSA Campaign Number 22V457000 (June 24, 2022) relates to 180,176 Titan and Frontier vehicles. Campaign Number 22V671000 (September 7, 2022) relates to 197,230 2020-2023 Titan, 2020-2022 Frontier, and 2023 Z Nissan vehicles.
The issue is that the “transmission parking pawl may not engage when the vehicle is shifted into park, which can result in a vehicle rollaway.” Both recalls advise owners with affected vehicles to “apply the parking brake every time they park their vehicle.” While 22V457000 states dealers will replace the transmission parking pawl pin free of charge, the more recent recall states “dealers will perform the applicable repairs,” free of charge. These refer to certain programming operations, which differ depending on the vehicle. For the Titan 2020-2022 trucks, the transmission control module (TCM) and engine control module (ECM) need reprogramming.
A safety recall campaign bulletin was sent to dealerships on July 8, 2022, Reference: R22A1. Nissan reiterates that a total of 180,176 vehicles are affected by the transmission parking pawl problem. Of these, 56,189 are 2020-2022 Titan trucks. Additionally, 4,440 of the vehicles are reportedly part of dealership inventories, 1,230 of which are Titans. At the time, Nissan said it was “developing its remedy plan.”
Since then, there have been several updates to the bulletin notifying dealers about availability of parts – for example on February 10, 2023 and May 4, 2023, both with the reference R22A1/R22A7. These bulletins state that parts to repair vehicles will be available from February 17, 2023, and May 11, 2023 respectively. They also note that until vehicles in a dealer’s inventory have been fixed, it is a violation of Federal law for them to sell or deliver these vehicles.
Feedback from Owners
It’s not surprising that owners who haven’t been able to access a repair since the recall was announced in June 2022 are enormously frustrated. For example, in December 2022, an owner from South Carolina complained to the NHTSA stating “the manufacturer had exceeded a reasonable amount of time for the recall repair.”
Another owner had his vehicle repaired in March 2023, but clearly the repair was unsuccessful. See below under Powertrain Problems.
There are two other recalls, both of which relate to “inoperative” rearview cameras that require software updates. They warn that an inoperative rearview camera display “reduces the driver’s rear visibility, increasing the risk of a crash.”
The initial recall, issued on July 21, 2022, states that 10,477 Nissan vehicles are potentially affected. These include 2022 Titan rental vehicles. The second recall, issued on October 13, 2022, increases the number of vehicles to 27,388 and doesn’t only apply to Titan rentals.
The issue is that when these vehicles are restarted, the infotainment system sometimes reboots continuously. This is what affects the rearview display.
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An owner from South Dakota describes how his 2022 Titan isn’t able to power up for standing starts. Additionally, the complaint shows that acceleration isn’t fast or smooth. Furthermore, the complaint states that the failure keeps recurring.
According to the complaint, when “driving from a complete stop, the accelerator pedal was depressed, however, the vehicle failed to respond.” When the driver released the accelerator pedal, the vehicle shifted into second gear. He had to continually release the accelerator pedal until the vehicle was able to drive 50 mph and operate as intended.
Another complaint states that the Titan won’t go any faster than 40 mph. It “struggles to pick up speed, (and) has been in the shop on numerous occasions for the same issue.” The problem reportedly started after the owner had the truck repaired in accordance with the campaign notice R22A1. This was presumably the February 2023 campaign bulletin that was revised in May 2023.
The question is, How many vehicles had unsuccessful repairs, and were dealer’s inventory vehicles affected?
Problems with Backover Prevention and Collision Avoidance
In its press release mentioned above, Nissan boasts that the 2022 Titan is a “showcase for Nissan Intelligent Mobility technologies” in the form of six advanced driver-assist systems. Other available technologies include Intelligent Cruise Control.
Owners have every reason to expect that these will operate as advertised. But it seems that they don’t, as this complaint states. “The driver assistance light keeps coming on. I get an error saying that the front sensors are blocked. It stops me from being able to use cruise control. I have to turn the truck off and then back on for it to go away but it always comes back.”
What to do if your 2022 Nissan Titan is a Lemon? Your Lemon Rights
You will notice that the complaints we have quoted are from owners who experienced recurring problems with their 2022 Nissan Titan trucks. This is something that may indicate they bought lemons.
If you think your 2022 Titan may be a lemon, allow Lemberg Law lawyers to work on your lemon case at no cost to you. The law requires Nissan to pay the legal fees for your claim.
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