NEWS: Nissan is recalling certain 2012 Frontier, Pathfinder, and Xterra two-wheel drive vehicles NEWS -- September 29, 2012
SEPTEMBER 2012 -- Nissan is recalling certain model year 2012 Frontier, Pathfinder, and Xterra two-wheel drive vehicles manufactured from June 19, 2012, through July 12, 2012. These vehicles may have been equipped with front wheel hubs that may not meet the design hardness specifications. A wheel hub that was manufactured below hardness specification may wear prematurely and eventually crack. If the vehicle is driven in this condition, the wheel hub may break, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash. Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replaced the left and right side front wheel hub assemblies free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about October 8, 2012. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov. 12V462000
NEWS: Nissan is recalling 14,700 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles; Engine oil leak
DECEMBER 2011 -- Nissan is recalling certain model year 2011 Infiniti FX, model year 2012 Infiniti M, model year 2011-2012 Nissan frontier, model year 2011-2012 Nissan Xterra, model year 2011-2012 Nissan pathfinder, and model year 2012 Nissan NV vehicles. Some of the bolts that connect the engine oil cooler and the engine oil filter to the engine in these vehicles may have been manufactured to below specification strength. As a result, the bolt may break at the oil filter attachment point and can cause an engine oil leak. If there is an engine oil leak, the engine oil pressure would drop and the engine could seize, increasing the risk of a crash. Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the connector bolts free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about January 19, 2012. Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.Safercar.Gov . 11V-592
NOVEMBER 2010 -- Nissan is recalling certain model year 2002-2004 Frontier vehicles manufactured from July 9, 2001 through October 20, 2004, and model year 2002-2004, Xterra vehicles manufactured from July 9, 2001, through January 6, 2005. Over time corrosion may form in the lower steering column joint and limit movement of the joint. The limited movement of this joint may create excessive load on the lower steering column shaft. If the vehicle continues to be driven in this condition, it may lead to cracking of the shaft during low speed maneuvers that require large steering inputs. The shaft may break which could result in loss of steering control during these low speed maneuvers increasing the risk of a crash. The steering column shaft and joint will be replaced with a shaft of a different design. This service will be performed free of charge. The recall is expected to begin during December 2010. 10V-554
OCTOBER 2010 -- Nissan is recalling certain model year 2004-2006 Armada, Titan, Infiniti QX56 and model year 2005- 2006 Frontier, Pathfinder and Xterra Vehicles. The intelligent power distribution module (IPDM) assembly contains an engine control module (ECM) relay that has a diode for electrical current noise reduction. The ECM relay may allow silicon vapor to form and, over time, the silicon evaporates from the diode molding which causes silicon oxide to develop on the ECM relay contact due to arcing. This could cause engine stalling increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the ECM relay inside the IPDM assembly. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during December 2010. 10V-517
YAHOO NEWS -- November 11, 2010 – Nissan recalled over half a million vehicles in the Americas and Africa on Thursday over fears that a fault could cause the steering column to crack.
The Japanese carmaker said it would recall 303,000 Frontier and 283,000 Xterra SUVs over safety concerns.
"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," the firm said in a statement.
"If the vehicle continues to be driven in this condition it may, in an extreme case, lead to cracking of the steering shaft."
"We regret any inconveniences that our customers may experience as we address these issues," said Kevin Martin of Nissan North America.
The affected vehicles were built at plants in Tennessee and Brazil between 2001 and 2008.
The company also recalled "18,500 Sentra vehicles in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Brazil and a undisclosed number of African countries for problems with the battery cable terminal.
The fault could result in difficulty starting the vehicle, "and in rare cases, a possibility of stalling at low speed," the firm said.
Owners are advised to take their vehicles to a service center in early December to have new parts installed.
YAHOO NEWS -- October 28, 2010 – Nissan North America announced a recall on Thursday of 747,000 trucks and SUVs in the U.S. because of the risk of failure to the electrical systems.
Nissan said the recall extends to Nissan Armadas and Titans from 2004 to 2006, Infiniti QX56s from 2005 and 2006, as well as Nissan Frontiers, Pathfinders and Xterras from August 2003 and June 2006.
The company said that it needs to replace the electrical relays in the engine control modules -- the computers that control engine performance and other essential components of motor vehicles.
The Japanese automaker said the problem may cause the engine to stall. In extreme cases, a stalled engine cannot be restarted.
"Silicon vapor may form inside the electrical relay that supplies voltage to the engine control module," said the company. "Over time, this vapor could create oxidation on the electrical contacts in the relay that may lead to engine performance issues, including the possibility of stalling at low engine speeds."
No related injuries or accidents have been reported, Nissan said.
In addition to the U.S. recall, Nissan North America said the recall extends to 23,000 of these vehicles in Canada.
World-wide, the company is recalling 2.2 million of these vehicles with similar potential for failure.
In Japan, the models affected include Cube, Lafesta, March, Note, Serena, Sylphy, Tiida, Tiida-Latio and Winglord.
SEPTEMBER 2010 -- Nissan is recalling certain vehicles that were equipped with a Garmin NUVI model 750 navigation system. The batteries contained in the affected GPS units can overheat. Overheated batteries could result in a fire. Nissan will notify owners and the repairs will be performed by Garmin technicians by replacing the battery and inserting a spacer on top of the battery free of charge. The safety recall began on September 16, 2010. 10V-401
MAY 2010 -- Nissan is recalling certain model year 2010 Titan, Armada, QX56, Frontier, Xterra, and Pathfinder vehicles manufactured from November 19, 2009 through March 3, 2010. The lower control link assembly has two cylindrical collars forming the inboard attachment points to the chassis. Due to an improper welding process some collars may contain welds that do not meet strength specifications. If the collar weld separates, the vehicle handling will deteriorate, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash. Nissan will notify owners and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about June 14, 2010. 10V-208
The Armada, Titan and Infiniti QX56 are produced at the company's Canton plant. The Frontier, Pathfinder and Xterra are produced at its Smyrna, Tenn., plant.
The problem centers on a lower suspension control link, which may not have been welded properly. It could cause the bushing collar to crack, leading to a rough and noisy ride. No accidents have been reported.
MARCH 2010 - Nissan is recalling certain model year 2006 and model year 2008 Frontier, Xterra and Pathfinder vehicles. The molded fuel tank shells can deform, causing the fuel sender float arm to contact an embossment molded into the tank shell causing the instrument panel fuel gauge to show that the vehicle has approximately one quarter tank when the fuel tank is empty. This could cause the vehicle to run out of gas and stall in traffic, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the fuel level sending unit inside the fuel tank with a new one that has a modified float arm. This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall began on March 22, 2010. 10V-075
MARCH 2010 - Nissan has notified NHTSA of a defect in certain model year 2010 Frontier, Pathfinder, and Xterra vehicles manufactured from February 22, 2010 to March 13, 2010. On some of the potentially affected vehicles, the fasteners securing the passenger front air bag module, and also the fasteners securing the steering shaft positioning bracket may not have been tightened to the proper torque specification. In the event of a crash, the passenger front air bag deployment trajectory might be affected. The fasteners could possibly come out of the steering column positioning bracket increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect the steering column and the passenger front air bag fasteners and any missing fasteners will be replaced and all loose fasteners will be retightened to the proper torque specifications free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during April 2010. 10V-115
WASHINGTON -- January 8, 2009 -- Nissan Motor Co. is recalling more than 240,000 trucks in 20 cold weather states to fix a problem that could prevent front air bags from deploying in a crash.
The government said in a posting on its Web site Wednesday that the recall affects the Frontier, Pathfinder and Xterra for the 2005-2009 model years.
In states where winter time road salt is used, a mix of snow and salt could enter a crash zone sensor area and rust, interrupting the signal and potentially preventing the front air bags from deploying in a crash.
Nissan spokesman Colin Price said the problem was discovered through warranty claims and there had been no crashes or injuries linked to the issue.
DECEMBER 2008 -- Nissan is recalling 242,720 MY 2005-2009 Pathfinder, Frontier and Xterra vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia. In those areas of the country which use heavy concentrations of road salt in the winter, a mixture of snow/water and salt can enter into the front crash zone sensor (CZS) housing. If this occurs, the CZS may internally rust resulting in a signal interruption. If this happens, the red air bag warning light will illuminate to alert the vehicle operator. This issue could result in the non-deployment of the driver and passenger front air bags in a crash, increasing the risk of personal injury. Dealers will replace the front CZS with a counter measured sensor. These sensors were manufactured in Japan. The manufacturer has not yet provided an owner notification schedule for this campaign. Owners in the other states will receive extended warranty coverage for the sensor to 10 years. These owners will be notified of the warranty extension by mail and will receive a sticker to place in their warranty booklet explaining the extended warranty coverage. 08V690
JANUARY 2008 -- Nissan is recalling 5,523 MY 2008 Titan, Frontier and Xterra vehicles for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110, 'Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles.' The tire placard lists an incorrect vehicle capacity weight. This standard specifies requirements for tire selection to prevent overloading. Nissan will mail a correct tire placard and installation instructions to owners of the affected vehicles. The recall is expected to begin during March 2008. 08V-045
NOVEMBER 2007 -- Nissan is recalling 1,115 MY 2008 Xterra sport utility vehicles. The antilock brake system/vehicle dynamic control (ABS/VDC) actuator is designed with one ball in the valve section. Some ABS/VDC actuators were manufactured with more than one ball in the valve. This could result in a reduction in brake effectiveness without warning increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will replace the ABS/VDC actuator with a new one. The recall is expected to begin during December 2007. 07V528