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CBC has reported that Nissan Motor Co. is recalling 130,000 vehicles, 80,000 of which are in North America. The reason for the recall is that the effected vehicles may have an ignition key defect. Tokyo-based Nissan made the announcement today.
Approximately 70,000 Muranos built between summer 2004 and July 2006, along with 300 in Taiwan and 800 in Singapore will be recalled. Also included in the recall are 10,000 Maxima sedans sold in North America and 51,000 X-Trail and Murano SUVs in Japan. Those vehicles were produced between August 2004 and July 2006.

The recall only covers vehicles with "intelligent keys." Nissan's announcement explained that the lock device of the ignition key does not lock properly in some vehicles, preventing drivers from shutting off the engine.

There have been no reports of injuries. This is one of several large recalls that have been announced in the past couple of months by the major Asian and US manufacturers. Just in the past month we've reported on recalls from Ford, Toyota, Honda, Mazda and Chrysler that have effected more than 760,000 vehicles.

[Source: CBC]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      The caption used "effected," but I think it should have used "affected."
      • 8 Years Ago
      This after the Maxima was recalled to remove the entire sub-frame and the Altima 2.5 engines production was halted and ultimately recalled. Nissan has gone downhill in their quality since the French took over. Now that I think of it, Europeon quality with Daimler, BMW, VW, Audi, etc. have never been near the Japanese and now appears to be below or equal to American quality. It's so interesting that American quality is called into question daily with microscopic cynicism but Europeon and Japanese quality is viewed as only bumps in the road for these manufacturers.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is no big deal really. A minor issue at best. Minor recall's such as this happen a lot more often then people realize. The only time a recall scares me is when there's a big safety issue involved. This is not one of those times. What's the worst that can happen here? So you have trouble shutting the car off, so what, that's not gonna cause an accident or kill someone.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I agree with #3,

      imagine 10 years form now - they will most likely charge ~$500 bucks to fix you key issues.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does this affect Infinitis with SmartKeys, d'ya think?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yikes, unable to shut off the engine...doesn't sound too intelligent. What is scary is that so many car manufacturers think customers want these intelligent keys.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I own a 2005 Murano, its a great vehicle and have had no problem with the intelligent key.

      #2 Over the past 20 years the Japanese have earned respect as building quality, well made vehicles. Europeans may make fancy, well handling vehicles but how often do you see them in the shop? 'nuff said! American automakers used to build a quality products, then the Unions started running them into the ground.

      Nissan and other Japanese makers are QUICK to act when they find a problem unlike their American counterparts.