Nissan recalls SUVs to fix brake problem

NILES, IL - DECEMBER 03: A 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is displayed at Star Nissan on December 3, 2012 in Niles, Illinois. The vehicle has been selling well at the dealership which has had difficulty keeping them in stock. Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. today reported a 13 percent increase in U.S. sales in November 2012 from a year earlier. The Nissan brand saw a 10 percent increase while the company's luxury brand, Infinity, saw sales climb 41 percent. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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DETROIT Nissan is recalling more than 19,000 Nissan and Infiniti SUVs because a brake part can fail and make it harder for the driver to stop the car.

The recall affects Nissan Pathfinder and Infiniti JX SUVs from the 2013 model year.

The automaker says an iron brake caliper part wasn't made properly and can crack or fail. If that happens, the brake calipers can move and hit the wheel. That can reduce braking power and increase the risk of a crash. Nissan said Friday it has no reports of crashes or injuries.

The SUVs were made from Dec. 3, 2012, through Jan. 29, 2013.

Nissan will notify owners starting in May. Dealers will inspect the SUVs and replace the parts free of charge if needed.