More than 280,000 Nissans affected in three recalls

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Nissan Juke

The Juke is one of the models affected in the most recent Nissan recall. Image: El monty/Wikimedia Commons/BY-SA

Nissan announced Thursday that it will be recalling nearly 250,000 vehicles around the globe because of a problem sensor that could lead to fuel leaks. The recall comes one day after Nissan recalled nearly 1,000 vehicles for a faulty airbag.

Seven models affected in latest recall

Thursday’s recall affects 249,522 cars from seven different models. The affected models are those equipped with a “direct injection type engine,” says Nissan. They include the Juke, which is made in Britain and Japan; the Serena, Patrol, Infiniti M56 and Infinity QX56, all of which are made in Japan; the Chinese-built Tiida and the Micra, which is assembled in India.

Worst case, could cause fuel leak

A Nissan spokesperson explained that the fault in the sensor may cause a drop in tension in the pressure sensor over time. In a worst-case scenario, the issue could lead to a fuel leak.

No injuries or accidents reported

The Japan-based automaker also said that it is not aware of any accidents caused by the issue. Also, it said that 92,679 of the affected cars are in Japan.

Nearly 1,000 cars recalled Wednesday

The latest recall comes right on the heels of a smaller recall of Nissan models in North America. Wednesday, the U.S. arm of Nissan said it would be calling back 976 of its 2012 Altima and Versa models. The recall is in response to a faulty side curtain airbag, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The NHTSA statement said:

“These vehicles may be equipped with side curtain airbags that contain an incorrect propellant mixture for the initiator component used, resulting in insufficient output of compressed gas.”

If the airbag improperly deploys, it could lead to more severe injuries in the event of a side-impact accident.

Supplier Autoliv comes under fire

According to Nissan, the defect is the result of an error from the automaker’s supplier, Autoliv. Although the company is based in Sweden, the defective parts are believed to have come from its U.S. plant.

Faulty supplies from Autoliv have been named in recalls from Honda, Toyota, Subaru and now, Nissan. About 2,700 vehicles have been recalled over issues with Autoliv parts.

The multiple recalls have led the NHTSA to investigate Autoliv. The probe began on Feb. 21. Autoliv has admitted to shipping 10,500 defective airbag units. Autoliv has supplied the NHTSA with a list of all the automakers it has sold supplies to. The list includes Ford, Chrysler, GM, Kia, Suzuki and Daimler.

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Owners notified next week

The Nissan will begin notifying affected owners on February 27. Those owners will be asked to take their vehicles to a dealership for an evaluation and, if needed, replacement airbags.

Yet another Nissan recall

Nissan also recalled more than 36,600 Versa sedans earlier in February over a gearshift issue. That recall only affected models fitted with the Xtronic CVT automatic transmission.


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