Nissan is recalling 841,000 vehicles due to steering wheel glitch

Article by Anita Panait, on May 23, 2013

Nissan Motor Co. is recalling 841,000 vehicles around the world following the discovery of a steering wheel glitch that could lead to a steering loss. The Japanese carmaker’s latest recall involves some models of the Micra subcompact car and its Cube minicar that were built in the United Kingdom and Japan between 2002 and 2006.

According to Nissan, the recall will affect all concerned Micra and Cube models in Japan, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

Nissan said in a statement filed to the Japanese transport ministry that the bolt used in the steering wheel of the affected vehicle may not have been properly tightened, causing the steering wheel to malfunction at worst. Nissan spokeswoman Noriko Yoneyama remarked that, so far, no accidents, injuries or deaths have been reported related to the steering wheel glitch.

Nissan plans to resolve the glitch by either tightening the bolts or replacing the steering wheel with a new one. According to Yoneyama, fixing the vehicles’ steering wheel will take around 40 minutes, Yoneyama said.

Nissan now builds the Micra in its Chennai plant in India, after shifting production from its Sunderland site in England in 2010 to free up capacity for the Juke subcompact crossover. Nissan will start building the next generation Micra at its Chennai plant and at Renault’s Flins site in France. The Micra was Nissan's third best-selling model in Europe in the first quarter of 2013, according to JATO Dynamics.

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