• Oct 27, 2009
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On Sunday, we brought you word of a Nissan recall affecting 2009-2010 Altima sedans, and today, we bring you word of an even larger safety issue impacting its CUV lineup. The Japanese automaker is recalling 163,659 2008 and 2009 model year Rogue crossovers due to a potentially serious safety issue involving the crossover's steering gear housing cover. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reporting that a screw could loosen, potentially causing the steering response to be compromised. In a worst-case scenario, the screw could come out completely, and if large steering inputs are made, the pinion shaft could come out, resulting in total loss of steering.

Affected Rogue owners will be contacted by Nissan to have the repair scheduled at the local Nissan dealer. The dealers will re-tighten the screw and install a cover plate to prevent the screw from loosening in the future. The recall is scheduled to begin in November, but if you're currently experiencing steering issues (or if this sort of thing keeps you up at night) you should stop by the local dealer right away. Hit the jump to read over NHTSA's press release, and if you have any questions, you can call Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.



[Source: NHTSA]

PRESS RELEASE:

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
NISSAN / ROGUE 2008-2009

Manufacturer: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
Mfr's Report Date: OCT 14, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V411000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STEERING:GEAR BOX:SHAFT PITMAN
Potential Number of Units Affected: 163659

Summary:

NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008-2009 ROGUE VEHICLES. A SCREW IN THE STEERING GEAR HOUSING COVER MAY LOOSEN OVER TIME AND COULD FALL OUT. AS IT LOOSENS, THE STEERING RESPONSE OF THE VEHICLE MAY BE COMPROMISED BUT THE DRIVER WILL RETAIN STEERING CONTROL.

Consequence:
THE SCREW MAY EVENTUALLY COME OUT OF THE STEERING GEAR COVER. IF LARGE STEERING INPUTS ARE MADE WITH THE COVER SCREW MISSING THE PINION SHAFT MAY COME OUT OF THE STEERING GEAR RESULTING IN A COMPLETE LOSS OF STEERING CONTROL AND INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
DEALERS WILL INSPECT WHETHER THE STEERING GEAR COVER SCREW IS LOOSE AND WILL BE RETIGHTENED TO THE PROPER SPECIFICATION. DEALERS WILL ALSO INSTALL A COVER PLATE TO PREVENT THE SCREW FROM POSSIBLY COMING OUT OF THE STEERING GEAR. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING NOVEMBER 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.

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
      What manufacturer doesn't have numerous recalls these days...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yeah, Nissan usually looks good (except for a few vehicles), but their reliability is just horrible. I'm a Nissan fan but it seems like their products' quality has gone downhill for a while.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You mean Claire Bennet could have died?! But that can't be she has those crazy healing superpowers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Great reference and Nissan's ad placement is MUCH more subtle than Sprint's. Last night's Sprint placement was just terrible.
      rezzek
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is my 6th Nissan(Maxima, Xterra, Xterra, Murano, Murano & Rogue)...this is the 1st issue I've EVER had....great company!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Wow, Nissan is on a roll with the recalls. I always find it irritating when I see a Nissan commercial on tv stating that "Nissan stands for quality."

      Nissan total number of recalls so far 332,000

      Ford claims their quality is equal to Honda and Toyota

      Ford recall hits 4.5 million vehicles
      October 13, 2009: 5:15 PM ET
      NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Ford issued the largest single recall in its history Tuesday as drivers of an additional 4.5 million vehicles were alerted about a fire hazard from a faulty switch.
      http://money.cnn.com/2009/10/13/news/companies/Ford_recall/index.htm

      I guess you are right about something

      "Ford is way ahead of Nissan for quality and reliability."

      They are ahead alright in the number of recalls. LOL


      • 5 Years Ago
      Rogue is the right name for it?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Mercennarius
        Umm, you're one of a very few number of people that has had exceptional experiences with Nissans. I don't know how you brought Ford into this, but Ford is way ahead of Nissan for quality and reliability.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Having had 7 different Nissan's in our family I can say as a whole they are very much quality vehicles. I would not even put Ford in the same category as Nissan when it comes to quality and longevity of their products...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought Japanese cars were of superior quality?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @jmc8387,

        I disagree, and where are getting your info from?

        My 05 Infiniti G35 was a piece of crap. And it is MADE in Japan. Nissan's poor quality continues regardless of its origin.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Those that are actually built in Japan tend to be of higher quality than the "Japanese" vehicles built in other countries.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nissans: They make look nice in the showroom, but its all down hill from there.



        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. It seems that recently they have been having recall after recall...
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL, reminds me of that movie with Dudley Moore who created truth in advertising, 'Crazy People'.

        "Volvos: They're boxy, but good!"
        • 5 Years Ago
        Im no Nissan fan, but a recall is an acknowledgment that there is a problem with the car. My 2005 Cobalt has a widely known problem for the power steering to fail, but GM never recalled it, and doesn't show any signs of doing so. Id rather get told there is a problem with the car and have it fixed, than to have a problem with the car and hassle with the dealership to have it fixed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm sorry, but the Rogue doesn't "look nice" anywhere. In the showroom, on the street, parked...
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