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If you own a 2008-2010 Nissan with Tire Pressure Monitoring and you live in one of the 21 "cold weather" states, your tires could lose an air load in a big hurry. Nissan is recalling 143,000 vehicles equipped with TPMS after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration discovered that the material in the nut may corrode in areas that use high concentrations of road salt. If this happens, the nut could come out of the sensor-transmitter, illuminating the amber TPMS lamp. if the driver ignores this warning, the tire could quickly deflate, possibly resulting in a crash (or at least a ruined trip to the grocery store).

What models are covered in the recall? The 2009 Nissan Cube and Murano, along with the 2008 Rogue. 2008-2010 Infiniti M35 and M45 sport sedans are also affected by the action. Owners of model affected by the recall will be able to head over to the nearest Nissan or Infiniti dealer to get a "more robust nut." Dealers will be able fix recalled vehicles on or before November 2010. Hit the jump to see if you live in one of the states affected by the recall. Hat tip to Art G.



[Source: NHTSA]

PRESS RELEASE:

Report Date : October 9, 2009 at 03:12 PM
NHTSA Campaign ID number : 09V393000


Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
INFINITI / M35 2008-2010
INFINITI / M45 2008-2010
NISSAN / CUBE 2009
NISSAN / MURANO 2009
NISSAN / ROGUE 2008

Manufacturer: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC. Mfr's Report Date: OCT 01, 2009

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V393000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: TIRES:PRESSURE MONITORING AND REGULATING SYSTEMS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 143223

Summary:
NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008-2010 VEHICLES ORIGINALLY SOLD IN OR CURRENTLY REGISTERED IN THE STATES OF CONNECTICUT, DELAWARE, IOWA, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, MASSACHUSETTS, MAINE, MARYLAND, MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, MISSOURI, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK, OHIO, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, VERMONT, WASHINGTON D.C., WEST VIRGINIA AND WISCONSIN. THE MATERIAL IN THE NUT USED TO SECURE THE SENSOR-TRANSMITTER OF THE TIRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM (TPMS) MAY CORRODE AND POTENTIALLY CRACK IN AREAS WITH HEAVY CONCENTRATIONS OF ROAD SALT. IF THIS OCCURS, THE NUT MAY COME OUT OF THE SENSOR-TRANSMITTER AND THE TPMS LAMP WILL ILLUMINATE.

Consequence:
IF THE TPMS LAMP IS DISREGARDED AND THE VEHICLE CONTINUES TO BE DRIVEN IN THIS CONDITION, THE TIRE WILL QUICKLY LOSE AIR PRESSURE AT A CONSISTENT RATE RESULTING IN A FLAT TIRE INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
THE DEALER WILL REPLACE THE TPMS NUT WITH A NEW, MORE ROBUST NUT. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE NOVEMBER 9, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261 AND INFINITI AT 1-800-662-6200.

Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I loled at the title.
        • 5 Years Ago
        At first I read that as "I loled a little". I was going to ask, "Just a little?" LOL
      • 5 Years Ago
      I have a tire pressure monitoring system on all my cars. It's called eyeballs and a tire gauge. Works great. Costs $1.39.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone else think its just asking for trouble that they don't recall all of them? A bad nut is a bad nut, no matter what state you live in. What if you travel to a northern state for the holidays and you have to drive through it. You bust your nuts and then crash and die. Nissan is just asking for a major lawsuit even though they did a recall.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it make more sense to replace ALL of them? I get the need to control costs, but Nissan seems to forget that cars do indeed move, sometimes to different states. As northerners buy cars from the south (as they do, since they are typically in better shape), this may become a long term issue, with people finding out their cars didn't get the more robust nut when the recall came out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Choice of words are Priceless.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Best headline all day
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL! Oh man. That was really funny.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Still laughing
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. Couldn't help but chuckle at this one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      GROW UP, Autblog! :P
      • 5 Years Ago
      That Cube is a monument to terrible styling. I thought the xB was amusing, the Element SC kinda cool, and the Kia Soul appealing though trendy. The Nissan box is heinous.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its a terrible design and an unenviromentally friendly engine - what sort of immecile would buy a car like this - just awful.

        Nissan PR are also covering up its appauling green credentials
        • 5 Years Ago
        Funny, of all of them, it's the only one I like. Hate the Soul, Element, new xB...
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a good thing this didn't happen to their Titan or else Nissan would have a pickup blow their load too.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Did AB just really reference a male bodily function? Really?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mmmmm. . . more robust nut
      • 5 Years Ago
      So many auto systems are to keep the sales and techs happy, rather than beinf best (or cheapest solution) ...

      Auto wipers? Lights? Tyre pressures? Give me strength.

      Re the Cube, ye gods, how Nissan have wrecked this baby's looks. From IWOOT to minger in one evolution.

      • 5 Years Ago
      the more gadgets we add the more likely we bound have problems...
        • 5 Years Ago
        How right you are, Level.
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