Nissan pulls back 1,94,434 vehicles in Japan due to faulty parts

Friday 25 May 2012, 22:34 PM by

On 25th May 2012, 1,94,434 Caravan and Como models of Japanese car maker Nissan Motor Company were recalled by the company. They were pulled back on grounds of defective parts as per the filing with Japan's transport ministry. The cars which were manufactured between May 2001 and July 2011 are reported to be unstable due to a defective bearing system. Other defects that were reported include faults with clutches and cables as well as hubs connecting the front wheel and axles. According to Nissan, there have been no accidents, though the company has received 237 reports of problems related to these defects. The car maker had to recall around 1,66,000 units of the same models in May 2008 to repair various faults.

Previously this month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration forced the company to recall two models - Armada 2012 and Titan 2012. This was because they failed to follow the requirements of federal motor vehicle safety standard regarding tires and rims. The part 567 certification labels on these vehicles did not contain rim-sized data. Owners of these cars had the option to get new labels installed for free at a Nissan dealer, which the car maker provided free of cost.

However, this is only a small fraction of the recalls made by the company in the past. Back in 2010, it also recalled as many as 2.1 million vehicles across the globe due to an ignition problem. This includes approximately 84,000 units of Micra and Infiniti models manufactured at its Sunderland factory between January 2004 and March 2006. Other models that were affected by this exercise include the Cube, March and Tiida. Nissan said that the recall was put into effect because defects could stall the powertrain while on the run. Most of the vehicles that were called back were from Japanese and North American markets, while 3,54,170 vehicles were pulled from Europe. 8,34,759 cars were called back to workshops in the home country and 7,62,000 models were pulled from the US and Canada. Before that, in 2010 only, the company recalled close to 76,000 vehicles in Japan and more than 2,000 cars in other markets owing to the risk of engine failure due to a fault.