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Nissan recalls 196,000 SUVs in US
Mon, 25 Apr 2011 15:09:21 GMT
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US safety regulators say Nissan Motor has recalled nearly 196,000 cars due to the possibility that road salt and water could collect to cause a loss of steering.

The cars recalled are Pathfinder and Infiniti QX4 SUVs sold in 20 cold-weather US states, where road salt is used to keep roads clear of snow and ice, Reuters reported on Monday.

Affected are 162,658 of 1996-2004 Pathfinders and 33,333 of 1997-2003 Infiniti QX4 vehicles.

Road salt and melted snow can collect in the strut housing and cause corrosion that could lead to difficulty in and even loss of steering and cause a crash, according to regulators.

In January, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a preliminary investigation into 35 reports of a corrosion-related failure of the driver's side front strut tower.

In 18 cases, there were reports that failures impacted the vehicles steering, including five that reported the steering "shaft" or "column" broke resulting in a loss of steering.

Nissan will inform customers of the recall by mid-May, and its dealers will inspect and fix the issue free of charge.

Nissan said if drivers have "immediate concerns about their vehicle, they can have their vehicle inspected at a Nissan dealership at no charge. If necessary, Nissan will provide an appropriate remedy at no charge."

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