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Nissan Recall: Frontier and Xterra have Lower Steering Column Issues

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author photo by Autotrader November 2010

Because of two unrelated problems, Nissan is recalling around 604,500 vehicles. About 515,000 of those are in the United States.

The first issue is concerned with the steering system of the Nissan Xterra SUV made in the company’s Tennessee factory between July 9, 2001 and January 6, 2005 – which accounts for 261,000 of the total number of vehicles recalled in the United States due to this fault. It also includes approximately 240,000 examples of the Nissan Frontier pickup built between July 9, 2001 and October 20, 2004 at the same facility, and sold to American customers.

In some untypical instances, the lower steering column joint may corrode, limiting the joint’s movement and ultimately leading to a crack forming in the steering shaft. Nissan will replace that joint and the shaft.

The second recall affects 14,000 Nissan Sentra compact sedans sold in the States and made between May 22 and July 8, 2010 (model year 2010/2011) in the company’s Mexico plant. The cable on the battery’s positive terminal needs to be replaced, otherwise it might result in an inability to start or it may stall at low speeds.

“We’re committed to the safety and satisfaction of our customers,” said Kevin Martin, vice president of customer satisfaction for Nissan North America. “We regret any inconveniences our customers may experience as we address these issues.”

No accidents or injuries have been reported with either issue and there have been no reports of steering column troubles in any Frontier or Xterra in the U.S.

Owners will be advised by Nissan in December as replacement parts become available. They may also contact Nissan customer service on 800 647-7261 or their local Nissan dealer. Nissan will carry out the recall fixes free of charge.

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