2023 Nissan Rogue Gas Smell Problem

Class Action Investigation

By Brian Jones | Updated on

By Brian Jones | Updated on

Lemberg Law is investigating complaints that there is a smell of gas inside the cabin of the 2023 Nissan Rogue as well as outside of the car. Vehicle owners are concerned about the health implications of breathing in gas fumes. Some are complaining about nausea, dizziness, and headaches. There are also fears that if this is a gas leak, there may be a serious fire risk.

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Is There a Problem with Gas Smells in the 2023 Nissan Rogue?

Yes, there is a problem related to gas smells in the 2023 Nissan Rogue. This new model has created a stir amongst owners. Not for the usual reasons, but because of growing concern about gas smells in the cabin of the SUV and outside the vehicle. There are mixed responses from dealers, some of whom say there isn’t a problem. Others maintain that the SUV is under “engineering review” because of the problem.

Owners are becoming increasingly frustrated because of the problem and an inability to get answers from Nissan or its representatives.

Some have lodged complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), while others have posted on Nissan Forums and other online platforms.

What Gas Smell Problems are 2023 Rogue Owners Experiencing?

2023 Nissan Rogue owners are noticing a strong gas smell inside the cabin of their new SUVs as well as outside the vehicle. Many of them have taken their vehicles back to dealerships in an endeavor to get a solution to the problem. Concerns range from potential health issues to fears of what might happen if the smell is caused by a gas leak.

A major issue is that dealerships cannot diagnose the problem. Some are unable to even duplicate the problem. Some say categorically that there is no safety problem. Others maintain there is nothing they can do until Nissan either finds a fix or issues a recall.

A typical response is that it’s under what dealers refer to as an “engineering review.”

Complaints to the NHTSA

Eight 2023 Nissan Rogue owners filed complaints with the NHTSA between December 7, 2022, and January 24, 2023. Of these, six were about the gas smell.

An owner from Wisconsin states that while driving, the cabin of the SUV fills with a fuel odor that makes the driver and passengers nauseous. The only way to circumvent this is to put the vents on recirculate, but this fogs up the windows in winter and cold weather. Also, when parked in the garage, the gas smell fills that space with “an extremely strong fuel odor.” This particular Rogue has been with the dealer three times, but they aren’t able to reproduce or find the problem.

An owner from Missouri states that the strong gas smell inside and outside of the SUV, both after and while driving, causes dizziness, nausea, and headaches. An owner from Arizona says the only feedback he got from the dealer was that they couldn’t detect any leaks.

Echoing these complaints, an owner from Iowa says that this happens “whether the gas tank is full or nearly empty.” This Rogue is only two-months-old. “After starting the vehicle there can be a smell of gasoline in the passenger cabin for a little bit. Also, after parking (the) vehicle in (the) garage, and turning off (the) engine, the garage smells of gas.” This is not exhaust fumes,” the complaint says. “Sometimes it seems to be worse after driving in reverse. There is no sign of a liquid leak on the undercarriage or on the floor.”

Owners on Nissan Forums Getting Mixed Messages

There are several threads about the gas smell issue on the Nissan Forums site. Reports about dealer response range from not being able to smell anything to the typical feedback that they can’t do anything because it’s under engineering review. But there’s also a report that a dealership said an owner “had to be able to visually see (the) leak and not just smell gasoline for them to do more.” They also said it wasn’t a safety risk and the owner must wait “until Nissan issues a recall or figures out a fix for wherever the gas is leaking.”

Many of these owners have taken their vehicles back to their dealers two or three times with no diagnosis or resolution.

Reddit Complaint Details Medical Issues

An owner posting on Reddit states that her garage had a horrible smell of gas within weeks of buying the SUV. Then one evening, while she was sitting in traffic, the smell of gas got so intense in the car, “my eyes and throat started to burn.”

A mechanic told her that Nissan was aware of the issue. He said, “they check the cars and nothing pops up, and they send people home.”

Symptoms this owner describes include feeling light-headed, having a pounding headache, and feeling as if her eyes were “on fire.” She said she could smell the gas throughout the lower level of her house. She called the dealership and they collected the car. “The mechanic told me they could smell the fumes in my car after running it for 15 minutes but could not find an issue.”

A week later, she traded the SUV in for another 2023 Rouge. “They assured me this would not be an issue with my new car. Once it hit 1,000 miles the fumes came again. Each day it gets worse.” Her symptoms also got progressively worse. Not only did she feel light-headed while driving, but “all the lanes went blurry with my vision with my children in my car.”

When she described the experience to the Nissan manager, he made her feel as if she was “making up having any medical issues.” He said he couldn’t do anything to help her, reminding her that they had “lost money on me from the first car they took back.”

“I’m still getting consistent headaches from the car and I’m likely going to have to rent a vehicle. I am a 95 lb really healthy woman with no medical issues who all of a sudden is having constant headaches and burning eyes.”

Edmunds Complaints

A post on Edmunds warns prospective buyers of the 2023 Nissan Rogue. He states that he doesn’t recommend the SUV because of the “gas smell inside (the) cabin and outside of (the) car. The smell did not start right away but was noticeable after about 2,000 miles.”

When he took the SUV to a dealership, like so many others, he was told that the Rogue was under “engineering review.” The dealership said “they checked for gas leaks to make sure there was no safety problem, but that there was nothing else to do until Nissan issues a recall or figures out a fix for wherever the gas is leaking. I hope I can trust that my Rogue is actually safe while we wait on this fix.”

What Should You Do if Your Rogue is Experiencing Gas Smell Problems?

Lemberg Law is currently investigating problems concerning the gas smell experienced by owners of the 2023 Nissan Rogue. If your 2023 Rogue smells of gas, either inside the cabin or outside, or in areas where the vehicle is parked, you might want to consider becoming a class action plaintiff. If so, please call us or complete our case evaluation form.

You won’t have to pay legal costs because the law makes Nissan cover the costs in this sort of case.

Brian Jones

About the Author:

Brian Jones spent more than 20 years working as an ASE Certified Master Tech and Parts Specialist at multiple dealerships. Brian has become an authority in the industry, traveling across the country to consult for car dealerships and contributing his expertise as a writer for several major automotive publications. In his spare time, Brian enjoys working on pickup trucks, muscle cars, Jeeps and anything related to motorsports.

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  • Jason M

    This is the same for my 2023 Rogue. Its been to the dealer 3 times and apparently it has been under engineering review for about 3 months now without any update. 1 more visit to the dealer for this issue and I can file a lemon law claim per Wisconsin’s Lemon Law. I love the vehicle but the fuel smell is not tolerable.

  • Austin

    This is for 2022’s as well! Mine is in the shop now and has been in once before for the gas fumes!!

  • Jeff B

    I have a 2023 Nissan Rogue Platinum model.
    It’s a beautiful vehicle. I had to order it six months early.
    The problem is the gasoline odor that fills my garage and leaks into the house. It’s awful. I can no longer park inside my garage which is really wonderful here in Michigan in the winter.
    There is also a strong oder when driving the car. I have partially open two windows to get the smell out of the car. It’s so strong at times that it causes a headache or nausea.
    I’ve talked to the dealership and they can do nothing.
    I called Nissan customer service and they gave me a case number. I received an email from Nissan telling me that my case was closed after they had followed up with me. They never did!
    This is all very frustrating. I have purchased and leased five Nissan Rogues for myself and family members since 2020 and this is how they treat a loyal customer.

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