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Owners Might Have to Leave Leaf At Dealership

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On: Fri, May 23, 2014 at 3:12PM | By: Karen Cook

Owners Might Have to Leave Leaf At Dealership

Nissan is recalling 211 pure-electric Leaf vehicles in the United States and another 65 in Canada due to a major manufacturing error. The affected vehicles may be missing a series of six spot welds in the motor compartment which could affect the car’s ability to withstand a crash. The welds are missing to the right and left of the electric motor above the sway bar ends. All the affected vehicles were built between February 28th and March 12th of this year.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will begin sending out notices around the middle of June and dealerships are authorized to perform an inspection to check for the welds. If they are missing Nissan will replace the vehicle with a new one, due to the inability of a dealership service department to perform the required welding. Dealerships are not equipped with the necessary equipment to correct this issue.

There is no information on what caused the welds to be skipped during the assembly process; there is also no word on what will happen to the vehicles which do not pass inspection. Nissan expects that only a few cases will be found and so far there are no accidents, injuries, or deaths associated with this problem.

If you are the owner of one of these cars you may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 with questions.


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