Nissan has said in a report to the Japanese transport ministry it will exchange defective parts on certain models at no charge, as the fault may “cause the engine to stall while running”.
The company will recall 834 759 vehicles of nine models in Japan, including the Cube, March and Tiida, produced domestically between 2003 and 2006.
Nissan will also recall 761 528 vehicles in North America, 354 170 in Europe and 194 409 in the China and Taiwan markets because of the same system trouble
A Nissan spokesman said accidents had been reported in connection with the problem, adding: “We will replace the parts in other countries as well, following the regulations of each country.”
A spokeswoman man for Nissan SA told motoring.co.za, however, that South African-market Tiida models were not affected by the recall.
Production of the Tiida in South Africa began in 2006, she said, whereas the components under suspicion were supplied to Nissan plants elsewhere until late in 2005.
Nissan separately said it would recall another 1399 cars in Japan because of inadequate welding of rear cushion springs, “which may come out in the worst case”.
Japan’s top automakers have been bedevilled by recall woes in recent months.
Toyota, the world’s largest motor manufacturer, has been battered by a global recall crisis that has affected more than 10-million vehicles worldwide.
Toyota said last week it would voluntarily recall another 1.5-million cars globally over a brake fluid leak, while Honda announced the recall of nearly 528 000 vehicles due to a defect with the cylinder. – AFP