• Jul 26, 2010
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Last month, the Lexus HS250h was the subject of a serious recall involving fuel leakage resulting from rear-end collisions. Now, Nissan faces a similar predicament involving 2009 and 2010 model year Cube hatchbacks, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a full recall, covering 46,000 Cubes built between January 30, 2009 and July 30, 2010.

Much like the HS hybrid, NHSTA cites that the amount of fuel leakage following a rear-moving barrier crash "exceeds the allowable limits," and that this could result in a fire. While a fuel leak is bad news, it's important to note that this NHTSA test isn't simply a case of a simple crash test and resultant fuel leak – the government agency's methodology includes striking the vehicle from the rear with a deformable barrier at 50 mph with a 70 percent overlap. Post-impact, the vehicle is then spun on its longitudinal axis degree-by-degree for a total of 90 degrees, somewhere along which a fuel leak was detected. While any fuel spillage is a bad thing, we suspect you can put any images of the massively overblown Ford Pinto debacle out of your head right now.

In any case, the full recall is expected to start on or before August 30. To fix the problem, dealers will install a special protector to the gasoline recirculation tube where it meets with the filler neck connector. Naturally, the service will be performed free of charge at any authorized Nissan dealer. The full details are available in NHTSA's press release after the jump.



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[Source: NHTSA]
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Vehicle Make / Model: NISSAN / CUBE
Model Year(s): 2009 / 2010
Manufacturer: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
Mfr's Report Date: JUL 21, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V330000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 46000

Summary

NISSAN IS RECALLING MODEL YEAR 2009-2010 NISSAN CUBE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 30, 2009 THROUGH JULY 30, 2010. THESE VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 301, "FUEL SYSTEM INTEGRITY." WHEN THE VEHICLE WAS ROTATED FOLLOWING A REAR MOVING BARRIER CRASH TEST AS REQUIRED, THE AMOUNT OF FUEL LEAKAGE EXCEEDED THE ALLOWABLE LIMITS.

Consequence

FUEL LEAKAGE, IN THE PRESENCE OF AN IGNITION SOURCE, COULD RESULT IN A FIRE.

Remedy

DEALERS WILL DEVELOP A SPECIAL PROTECTOR AND ATTACH IT TO THE GASOLINE RECIRCULATION TUBE AT THE LOCATION OF THE FILLER NECK CONNECTOR. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 30, 2010. 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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      • 4 Years Ago
      Before releasing any new model to the market, the NFSTA, should make it mandatory to test all vehicles for safety issues before issuing any recall. All automakers must release a production car to the NHSTA to be fully safe before releasing to the public..This will save a lot of lives and money to the manufacturers..
        • 4 Years Ago
        lol...its a typo error..whats wrong with a suggestion?it will avoid a lot a hassles later on..btw, recalls have been been more than ever before..either the government should have stricter test rules as a standard before releasing the vehicle..this will make the vehicle more safe..also, its better to be safe than to be sorry later on..chill bro!
        • 4 Years Ago
        "What's wrong with the advice."

        Well, it would probably delay the vehicle coming out that for sure. And the government runs on taxes so I don't think we should put more money into the program. Why? Because it's mostly drunk driver that we should concentrate on more than cars. There's a point where being preventative is a detriment. Kinda like programing good enough software haha. There is always something to check and what ifs, but time is a limited supply.
        • 4 Years Ago
        1) It's NHTSA not NFSTA

        2) This recall WAS the result of a government test.

        3) How does manufacturers giving away free cars to the government for replicating tests they already preform saving them any money?

        Stick to sending text messages and watching Youtube please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow that is an ugly car. I cant believe there are 46,000 in this country. I live in Seattle metro area and I dont recall ever having seen one.
      • 4 Years Ago
      OK seriously, how can ANY company get the simplest of systems wrong? I admit I know nothing about automotive engineering but when past "whatever" works just use "it" again.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That must be why the Mustang has still a horse buggy suspension in the back and why NASCAR is still insisting on carburetors among other yestertech.
        What you are proposing is a sure way to get stuck in the past.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Who's the NHSTA?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm still waiting for them to recall this p.o.s. for an exterior redesign; it's looks can blind...
      • 4 Years Ago
      That test makes me think Crown Vic more than Pinto.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ditto. Although our generation will always think of the Vic, and not a Pinto or a full size Chevy truck when exploding gas tanks is mentioned.
      • 4 Years Ago
      do other people need to confirm their comments all the time??? wtf
        • 4 Years Ago
        thanks bud, I will try that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Do u have 'Remember me' checked? If not, enter email/pswd and chk the box. Otherwise, you have most likely hit the bug in the forum app. Try another story post.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Meh. No epic enough to note.

      Try harder Nissan. LOL
      • 4 Years Ago
      Should be an easy recall....im sure most are still on the lots. haha
        • 4 Years Ago
        thank you for the condolences. I will need many lot laps in GT-R's to make it up to my manhood.
        • 4 Years Ago
        um yea, I had to drive about 25 of them from sales to service this morning.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I am so....so.....SO sorry.

        My condolences to your genitalia.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Everytime I see one of these I want to sing the theme song from the Flintstones.
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