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Nissan Recalls 2.14 Million Vehicles in Japan and the U.S.

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On: Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 5:13PM | By: Sherry Christiansen

Nissan Recalls 2.14 Million Vehicles in Japan and the U.S.

Nissan Motor Co. announced that the Japanese automaker plans to recall 2.14 million cars and light trucks, including the Pathfinder SUV and Titan pickup. This is the 3rd biggest recall for Nissan in the company’s history. The problem is with a faulty ignition relay that could potentially cause problems in the engine.

There are 835,000 units being recalled in Japan and 762,000 in the U.S. and Canada, according to Nissan spokesperson, Mitsuru Yonekawa. The models that were affected include 227,000 Titans, 143,000 Pathfinders, 123,000 Frontier units, 106,000 Armada vehicles, 101,000 Xterra units, and 36, 0000 Infiniti QX56 units. Japanese models included in the recall are the Cube and Micra passenger cars.

One fact that pertains to other recalls is that although Nissan refused to disclose the specific name of the auto parts company that manufactured the faulty part, Yonekawa did state that it’s the same company that made other parts involved in "all recalls worldwide."

One of the reasons that recalls have started to involve higher numbers of vehicles is because commonly, an automaker, in an effort to save money, will use the same distributor for parts utilized in many vehicles throughout its line-up. Therefore many different models are affected by just one auto part that is defective. For example, Toyota Motor Company announced last week yet another recall of 1.66 million vehicles globally for defective brake master cylinder and fuel pump wiring. That recall boosted the total number of Toyota vehicles recalled worldwide to about 1.4 million in the past year alone.

The vehicles that are involved in the recall were manufactured in Japan, the United States, Great Britain, Spain, China, and Taiwan. The models years affected were between August of 2003 and July of 2006.

Nissan has not provided any estimate of what the cost will be to repair the defective automobiles, but the time to do the repairs is less than 25 minutes to replace the ignition relay, so costs are projected to be relatively low.

According to Toshitake Inoshita, no accidents or injuries have been reported as a result of defective ignition components involved in the recall.


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