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]