Nissan Recalls 841,000 Cars To Correct Steering Wheel Problem

Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:23 PM

By Michael Mullins

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Due to a steering wheel glitch, approximately 841,000 vehicles worldwide are being recalled by Nissan Motor Co.

The automaker will be recalling vehicles in the following regions: Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

The recall was announced Thursday and will include the automaker's Micra compact car, also known as the March. The Micra models were produced in Britain and Japan between 2002 and 2006, Retuers reported.

Also included in the recall is the Nissan Cube, which was produced in Japan during the same dates.

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In a statement filed to the Japanese transport ministry, Nissan stated that the bolt used in the car's steering wheel might not have been adequately tightened, affecting the steering wheel's functionality.

Nissan spokeswoman Noriko Yoneyama said in a statement that no accidents, injuries or deaths have been reported as a result of the steering wheel malfunction.

All recalled automobiles will either have their steering wheel bolts tightened or steering wheels replaced outright by Nissan depending on the severity of the malfunction.

The repair will take approximately 40 minutes, added Yoneyama, who declined to comment on how much the recall will cost Nissan.

This is the second large-scale recall from Japanese automakers in recent weeks.

In late April, 3.4 million Toyotas, Hondas, Nissans, and Mazda's were recalled worldwide for defective airbags.

The defect reportedly caused the airbags to deploy with too much pressure.
Similarly, no injuries were reportedly caused by the faulty airbags the various automakers claimed.

The airbags in question were manufactured by Japan-based supplier Takata Corp. according to Toyota spokeswoman Shino Yamada.

The 3.4 million vehicle recall consisted of 1.7 million Toyotas, including the popular Corolla, Matrix and Tundra models, 1.1 million Hondas, 480,000 Nissans, and 45,000 Mazda's.

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Japanese automakers weren't the only car manufacturers affected by the defective airbags.
General Motors also plans to recall approximately 48,000 Pontiac Vibes that were manufactured in the same factory as the Toyota Matrix.

Additionally, Germany's BMW reportedly used the same airbag inflators in some of its cars.

The German automaker says it is in the process of determining which models might have featured the faulty part.

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