Nissan recalls 2 million cars worldwide. Japan’s third-largest automaker Nissan Motor Co. said Thursday it is recalling a total of 2.14 million vehicles in nine models worldwide due to a faulty engine control system.
The cars that are being recalled currently were produced in Japan, the U.S., Great Britain, Spain, China and Taiwan with nearly 835,000 coming from Japan, 762,000 from North America, and 354,000 from Europe. The world wide recall may not cost the company as much as one might imagine as the problem is with a relatively small component that will be sorted out in around 20-30 minutes.
It’s too early to tell yet if the recall affects any Australian-sold cars, but some models mentioned in the recall lineup are sold in Australia. Nissan says cars that could have potential ignition problems include the Nissan Pathfinder, Nissan Tiida and the Nissan Micra, as well as other various four-wheel drives and small trucks sold in the US and Japan, such as the Nissan Titan and Infiniti QX56.
Nissan says that the problem lies in an ignition-system part called the relay and that is a common component among vehicles produced from August 2003 through July 2006 for Nissan. The troubled part could apparently cause the engine to stall and restart may not be possible in some extreme cases. While no major issues were reported so far because of the problem, Nissan is fully aware of the consequences of not fixing a glitch of this magnitude.
The models affected by these recall include 2004 to 2006 model-year Nissan Armadas, Titans and Infiniti QX56s, and 2005 to 2006 model-year Nissan Frontiers, Pathfinders and Xterras. Nissan detailed these vehicles were built on August 2003 and June 2006. They also said that they haven’t received any reports of damages or injuries related to this problem. This issue could cause the car to stall even at low speed.