About 605,000 Nissan vehicles are being recalled worldwide due to defects in the steering-column shafts and the batteries. About 85% of these vehicles were sold in the US while the remaining units were sold mainly in Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil.
These vehicles are categorized as follows: 303,000 Frontier pickup trucks, 283,000 Xterra sport-utility vehicles and 18,500 Sentra cars. Nissan said that there have been no accidents or injuries reported related to the flaws. The recalls affect certain vehicles made from 2001 to 2010.
The company said that the steering-column defect results to corrosion that can reduce the movement of the lower joint and lead to cracking of the steering shaft. Nissan said that the battery defect in the Sentra's positive cable terminal can lead to a difficulty to start the cars or to these cars stalling at low speeds.
NNA vice-president for Total Customer Satisfaction Kevin Martin revealed that Nissan has always been committed to the safety and satisfaction of its customers. As such, Martin continued, the company regrets any inconveniences that customers are bound to experience as they continue to address the issues.
Nissan replaced the lower steering column joint and shaft on an estimated 283,000 Xterra and 303,000 Frontier vehicles. These models were sold mainly in the Americas like the U.S., Canada, and Mexico markets. It also includes Argentina, Brazil, and a few Latin American countries.
The units affected were those manufactured at its Smyrna, Tenn., facility from July 2001 to January 2005 and also the units made at the facility in Curitiba, Brazil, between November 2001 and June 2008.
The company also replaced the positive battery cable terminal on 18,500 Sentra units sold in the markets similar to those already mentioned plus the addition of certain African countries. These are the units that were manufactured at its facility located in Aguascalientes, Mexico between May 22, 2010 and July 8, 2010.