Last week, Nissan Motor Corp. announced that it is recalling 2.14 million of its vehicles that were manufactured from August 2003 through July 2006 (Huffingtonpost.com). Apparently, a relay in the ignition system is the problem, even though no reports of accidents have been made. The recall will affect cars across the world, including North America, Europe, and Japan (Huffingtonpost.com).
Nissan states on its website that it will initiate a “Recall Campaign” when a defect is found, meaning that the company will contact vehicle owners with information on how to have the problem fixed. If you are a Nissan owner and have misplaced the notification received, you can fill out a form here that allows you to query the Consumer Affairs department about your vehicle. You can also use this form if you have not received anything from Nissan but you want to find out if your vehicle has been recalled (nissanusa.com).
So, which vehicles are included in the current recall? The ones that we are hearing the most about include the March, Mycra, Cube, Note, Tiida Sedan, Titan Pickup, and Infiniti QX56 (Huffingtonpost.com). ABC News in Australia reports that other models, like the Navarra and Pathfinder, are also affected in that country. Again, if you are unsure about your particular vehicle, use the form mentioned above or call Nissan at (800) 647-7261, Monday through Friday 8am-5pm.
The relay problem is relatively easy to repair, according to Nissan. It will take less than thirty minutes before you can be on your way with your vehicle (Huffingtonpost.com). If you choose not to get the defect taken care of, be aware that you may experience your engine stalling or not restarting. This is considered the worst case scenario, but it is one that you do not want to find yourself in during increased traffic conditions (i.e. rush hour).
Do not be fooled by the fact that no accidents have occurred as a result of the current defect. Be safe for yourself as well as the others on the road with you. The fix is easy and painless for those who may be affected. And, it sounds as though it will not cost you anything – why should it? Nissan wants you to be safe, and that is why the company has stepped forward regarding this matter. Be on the lookout for notification from Nissan, or take matters into your own hands with the phone number mentioned above.
“Nissan Recall 2010: March, Mycra, Cube, Note Among 2 Million Vehicles”, Huffington Post
Michael Edwards, “Australian Cars Affected by Nissan Recall”, ABC News