In a move that many may see as a cynical distrust in the common sense of American motorists, Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co. is recalling fewer than 1,000 of its 2012 Titan pickups. Because of a seating-capacity labeling error, the cab of the truck may become overloaded with six passengers, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says. There is only seating available for five.
Total of 918 pickups affected
A document, which was filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Sunday, April 22, says that 918 Nissan Titan pickup trucks from the model year 2012 are being recalled. The affected trucks were manufactured between June 10, 2011, and July 22, 2011, and they were all equipped with the automaker’s “Sports Appearance Package.”
The affected pickups trucks have a three-person bench-style seat in the rear and two individual bucket seats in the front. However, because the specific tire pressure and capacities label, which is located in the driver’s side door jamb, says the seating capacity is six, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that owners may overload the cabin with too many people and increase the chance of a crash.
A do-it-yourself fix
The recall is expected to begin on or around May 14. Nissan will send the affected owners a label, along with a set of instructions on how to replace the old one themselves. Owners can also return to the dealership and have the label replaced for them, free of charge.
Recall may be ignored by some
Last week Car deal Expert posted a piece about the large number of used vehicles that were put up for sale last year, in spite of still being subject to a recall. However, because most motorists can count to five, we suspect this recall will largely be ignored, adding to those numbers in future years.
Contact concerning the recall
Nissan owners with questions, or those who think they may be affected, are encouraged to contact the automaker at 615-725-1000. Or, if you prefer, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration can also be reached at 888-327-4236. But if you are like the typical American motorist — at least in the eyes of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration — you’d better write those numbers down carefully.