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 |  Mar 13 2012, 1:32 PM

Few people carry an emergency gas tank, even fewer carry it full but doing just that might be a good idea for a few Infiniti owners.

Nissan is issuing a recall for 8,120 Infiniti M45 sedans made between March 7, 2002 and June 3, 2004 because the cars may run out of gas — unannounced.

The defect in question involves a circuit board failure that may cause the fuel gauge to inaccurately represent how much gas is left in the tank. In some instances, this can cause the car to run out of gas early, leaving the driver stranded.

It isn’t clear exactly how inaccurate the gauge may be, but for most people with common sense it would seem that running on fumes is a risk in any scenario. Luxury car owners probably aren’t fond of putting gas containers in their cars, even in the trunk, but thankfully there’s an even easier solution. Keep a reasonable count of how many gallons go in and how far you drive. If it takes a week’s commute to eat a tank, fill up on Wednesday.

Nissan will fix the defect free of charge and owners with affected vehicles can expect to be contacted by the company. If you’re concerned and would like more information, click here or phone the NHTSA safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236.