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The starter motor wire harness may have been installed incorrectly.

Nissan is preparing to recall the V6-powered 2016 Frontier pickup to fix a wiring defect.The starting motor wire harness may have been installed in an incorrect position, allowing the positive terminal to contact the starter heat shield and cause an electrical short.

A short circuit can potentially cause a "thermal incident," increasing the risk of a fire.

The first signs of trouble surfaced just last month with a Frontier that had not yet left the Canton, Mississippi, factory. A subsequent investigation traced the problem to the wiring harness orientation.

The defect affects around 1,500 vehicles in the US market. Service technicians will inspect and reposition the wire harness, if necessary.