• Feb 16, 2010
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A new report from TheDetroitBureau.com shows that Nissan is investigating driveshaft yoke issues in the automaker's 2010 trucks and SUVs. The issue stems from a part made by Dana Corporation, and a spokesperson from Nissan reportedly told the Bureau that "Nissan/Infiniti vehicles built with one of these yokes will not experience a loss of control or present a safety risk even in the unlikely event the part should fail." Since the issue is relegated to 2010 model trucks and SUVs, two vehicle types that aren't exactly flying off Nissan and Infiniti lots right now, the number of vehicles potentially affected by the issue is relatively small. Bureau sources say that the Frontier and Titan are the models affected by the investigation, but Nissan has yet to officially name any vehicles involved.

The announcement of an investigation of Dana driveshaft yokes comes after Toyota announced a recall of 8,000 Tacoma trucks for driveshafts that cracked during the manufacturing process, though there is no confirmation at this point if the two parts are related. Nissan reportedly has five days to determine whether to initiate a recall for the problem with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

[Source: TheDetroitBureau.com]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      ford isnt going to ignore. their problem with the fusion brake is a lot worse than pruis, pruis brake FEELS like it lost power, but if u depress more it brakes, and thats on certain conditions.. ie potholes. toyota discovered it in jan 2010, and made the recall in feb. fusion brake problem occurs on any surface and it completely looses power and only when it is fully depressed, it goes into a fail safe mode and breaks fully. they discovered in august last year and fixd it in factory.. and obviouly tried to cover up..and cause they only made the recall last week.. ohh here is the interesting part.. they did not recall.. that said the repair was "customer satisfaction program" lol.
      and media completely ignored them despite being so much more serious. so i have a feeling this is exacly what ill happen with their trucks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      definitely back to basics ...how do you mess up acceleration, braking and now driveshafts?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The automotive industry needs to get back to basics
      • 4 Years Ago
      aint no party like a recall party~
        • 4 Years Ago
        and you get to the party faster in a Toyota, whether you want to or not...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyota recall parties are the best. They never stop.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This "recall party" is likely to hit Ford as well.

        The same Dana driveshafts on the Toyota and Nissan are also on the Ford. Out of the 34,000 that are supposedly cracked driveshafts, 8,000 of them are in Tacomas the other are in Nissans and Fords.

        ..But I love how DetroitBereau doesn't even mention that Ford is also investigating this as well, and the fact that both Nissan and Ford have been looking into this has been known from the very beginning. Hardly a 'report'.

        Seriously that site is a unashamed mouthpiece of Detroit propaganda.

        http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=Business_News&subsection=market+news&month=February2010&file=Business_News2010021414324.xml
      • 4 Years Ago
      2010 will be remembered in automotive history as the year of recalls.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What exactly is the problem with the drive shaft. I have an 07 Frontier LE with 4 wheel drive. I keep getting a slapping noise at low speed. Did not think anything of it till hearing about this recall. And the say only 2010 vehicles???
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wasn't this a problem w/Dana rear end parts in the Volvo 122 over 40 years ago?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The defective frames on Toyota Tacoma trucks that rusted out prematurely were from Dana as well -- Dana had failed to properly treat the frames to prevent rust.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not to defend Dana, but the frames in question were built and treated to exact Toyota specs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, I have never heard of so many recalls/plans to recall in just one month.
      • 4 Years Ago
      uh-oh Nissan, don't tell me you're about to become the next Toyota...
        • 4 Years Ago
        erik,

        Agree 100%, and people are exaggerating other recalls not related to Toyota. This is an easy fix. Not to be blown out of proportion, if the report is accurate.

        For example, driveshaft components used to be considered wear-and-tear. Prior to the 'year of the recall', nobody would pay any mind to a simple little TSB by Nissan over driveshaft components.





        • 4 Years Ago
        For the Japanese makes anyway. recalls were the ridicule of the American cars for some time.
        Recalls are taboo for Detroit but they took care of the customer. About time stink smells for Japan too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Back to basics, yes, but a drive shaft yoke? They need to start putting quality at least on the same level as price. Dana should be a fine vendor, but they are apparently making their own shortcuts to give Nissan what it wants for the best price. I'd be ticked if I bought the upgrade.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Automobiles have become ridiculous. What happened to just driving? Now we got all these frickin touchscreens, hundreds of tiny buttons all over the center stack, an engine packed with electronics etc. Simple is best and cheaper to boot. If a Hyundai accent, can get you down the road on four wheels for under $10,000 dollar, why does an Audi or Mercedes cost so much? Is it the distracting touchscreens and expensive low profile tires. Or is it the cost to repair the engine? Or how about changing the brakes? That should be cheaper right, i mean since i've already paid $80,000 for the car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If I remember right, there was a problem with Dana 35s and Jeeps where the axle would completely fail and separate at the shaft.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You sure it wasn't the Dodge Durango that have their front axle suddenly fall apart? I remember that recall. I was like whoa... wtf.
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