Nissan Initiates big recalls of Frontier, Xterra and Sentra

2004 Nissan Frontier

In a recent press release by Nissan, two recalls have been initiated.  The first is for the Frontier truck and Xterra SUV, for faulty steering linkages.  The second recall is for the Sentra, and involves the battery cables.  All told, around 513,000 vehicles in the US will be recalled, starting this month.  Click past the jump for details, press release, and model years affected.

2004 Nissan Xterra

For the Frontier and Xterra, model years 2002-2004 are affected, totaling over 500,000 vehicles in the US.  The lower steering column joint can develop corrosion, which leads to limited movement of the joint, the final result being that the steering shaft breaks.  This then leads to a loss of steering control, increasing the likelihood of a crash.  Nissan will be replacing the steering joints and shafts free of charge on the recalled vehicles.

2010 Nissan Sentra

For the Sentra, it’s model years 2010 and 2011, and involves a misshapen bolt or washer on the positive battery terminal.  The misshapen bolt or washer can cause a gap which can lead to a loss of power either entering or leaving the battery, which can cause stalling and hard-to-start vehicles.  If a vehicle stalls while in motion, the risk of a crash is increased, hence the safety issue and the recall.

Nissan’s press release cites 3 complaints in Canada and 6 in Brazil, quite low numbers to initiate such a big recall, but again, in this post-unintended acceleration world, automakers are skittish about any customer complaints that have anything to do with safety and accidents.  It’s good to see the recall go on though.  Nissan also says that no accidents or injuries have been reported for either issue, so it’s good that they have a solution in place before anything bad could happen to one of their customers.

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by John Suit

Source: Nissan


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