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Another Nissan Recall

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Nissan Pathfinder DashNissan has recalled approximately 196,000 Pathfinder and Infiniti QX4 model SUVs sold or registered in the northern U.S. and Canada.

Karla Sanchez, a writer for Motor Trend, sums up the problem:

The Problem: Road salt and melted snow can build in the strut housing causing it to corrode and possibly crack. This can result in grinding noises, increased steering effort, and even the loss of steering.

Anything that impairs steering vastly increases the chance of getting into an accident, even if the steering is only impaired and not lost.

The CNN wire staff fill us in on the areas of the U.S. affected by the recall:

Most of the vehicles were sold in Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin.

While Colorado does not appear on this list, it’s still well worth checking out your vehicle if it is one of these models. This is especially true if you came by your vehicle secondhand. You can use Nissan’s recall lookup tool to find out if your vehicle is one of those affected by the recall.

Unfortunately, Nissan is not stranger to recalls, as this Associated Press article on Oregon-based TV station KATU’s website points out:

The recall comes just months after Japan’s No. 2 automaker launched two other major recalls, including one that involved more than 2 million vehicles.

The automaker saw its shares fall in value recently in the wake of recalling 5,000 of its electric vehicle, the Leaf, due to a software glitch. While the problems the Leaf experienced were reportedly not safety issues — the car would sometimes fail to start — it still seemed to batter consumer confidence. With the Pathfinder recall coming so soon afterwards, it is not out of line to expect that trend to continue.

On a positive note, there have been no reported accidents due to the Pathfinder steering issue as of this report.

Image by Navets/Steven Sheets on Flickr, used under its Creative Commons license.


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