News & Reports News Year 2010 November , 2010 Nissan recalls over half a million cars

Nissan recalls over half a million cars

Japan's third-largest automaker Nissan is recalling more than half a million cars in Americas and Africa due to a flaw that impairs the ability of steering column joint and shaft.
The recall covers about 303,000 Frontier pickup trucks, 283,000 Xterra sport-utility vehicles and 18,500 Sentra cars, mainly in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, according to a statement issued by the Yokohama-based company on Friday.

"Nissan recently discovered that in certain rare instances, the lower steering column joint on the affected Frontier and Xterra vehicles can develop corrosion that limits the movement of the joint," read the statement.

The company also stated that "if the vehicle continues to be driven in this condition it may, in an extreme case, lead to cracking of the steering shaft."

Meanwhile, the firm advised its customers to take their vehicles to a service center in early September to have some new parts replaced and installed.

"We regret any inconveniences that our customers may experience as we address these issues," said Kevin Martin, the vice president of Total Customer Satisfaction for Nissan North America.

The faults have reportedly been occurred mainly in cars built at factories in Tennessee and Brazil between 2001 and 2008.

The fall-out comes after a similar decision made by Japan's fourth largest carmaker Mitsubishi Motors on Thursday, when the company recalled about 250,000 vehicles domestically over engine oil leaks.

Last week, Toyota announced a recall of almost 136,000 compact cars in Japan and Europe to fix a steering problem. It also faced a record 16.4-million-dollar fine over claims it had hidden accelerator pedal defects blamed for dozens of deaths.