• Oct 28, 2010
The line at the door for the recall party is getting longer. Nissan has just showed up and it needs to bring in 2.14 million vehicles around the world, making it the automaker's third largest recall of all-time. The issue lies with a faulty ignition relay that could cause the engine to stall or fail to restart. The fix is reported to take less than 25 minutes, and involves swapping out the faulty ignition relay for a new one.
This recall affects vehicles built around the world, from August 2003 to July 2006. Japan serves up the bulk of the recalled vehicles, with 835,000 units needing to come back in. The U.S. and Canada are not far behind, recalling 762,000 cars between them. The vehicles include a wide gamut of Nissan product, from subcompacts like the Micra and Cube up to larger cars and trucks such as the Titan and Infiniti QX.

Nissan joins an ever expanding list of automakers reporting recent recalls. BMW recently took the first step in admitting they have a problem, by recalling N54-equipped vehicles. Chrysler and Volvo vehicles have had power steering issues. Some Ram trucks went out with incorrectly labeled weight and seating stickers. Honda and Toyota used a parts supplier who was dealing in faulty brake master cylinders. The list goes on and on.

[Sources: AOL Autos]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Where can I find a full list of vehicles? I own a 2006 Nissan that has incredibly long cranks and sometimes I think someday it's just not going to start.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That could be a number of things such as the battery going bad (to be expected after 4-5 years), or the fuel filter may be clogged. When was the last time you changed the fuel filter? One last thing can be a build up of deposits from never driving the vehicle very hard; all engines need to be 'exercised' a bit to make sure the deposits are burned off.
      • 4 Years Ago
      japanese cars were reasonably priced and well-made. i made this conclusion after watching top gear's hilux episode. but now they're not legit, they're just recallables..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow now let us see who wins the most recalls next.
      • 4 Years Ago
      2010 - The year of recalls.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ miketinytim and notthatsorrymatt

        Funny... I only stated the obvious truth, and expressed the fact that I prefer Domestic vehicles... and I get called a Troll and an Idiot.

        AMAZING... U gotta love America. The only country in the planet where citizens hate themselves so much they get offended when some one descents and doesn't praise the Foreign competition.

        In the old days I would have told U to go *** yourselves...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Cmicasa the GREAT

        Idiot, much?

        Look, the Malibu is okay (although compared to the new Fusion/Sonata/Optima it's not so hot) and the Fusion and other cars are nice, but that doesn't mean the Altima, Accord or Mazda 6 aren't good cars.

        I think the Camry is over-rated and pretty much any other car is better than it - the interior is boring and now cheap feeling, the gas mileage isn't top of it's class and hasn't been in years, the styling is subjective (yet ugly) and it's over-rated in general - your Camry is no more reliable than a Fusion, or Malibu, or Sonata.

        But that doesn't mean that Japan as a whole makes crap cars. It just means you don't agree with them.

        Personally, I don't at all like the styling on Japanese cars but that doesn't make them crappy cars. It's subjective.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cmicasa the GREAT - Fan & Troll
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree entirely with your second paragraph, current domestics are incredible, but 10 (even 5) years ago the general line-up wasn't so great. Lumina, Taurus, Windstar, Blazer, Grand Am, Aztek, Contour, Sebring, Neon, Cavalier, Caterra......that generation of cars lacked reliability, performance and refinement which made the Japanese brands better buys.

        The story is different now, I would rather have a Fusion than Camry or Lacrosse over a ES350, but there was a reason this wasn't the case 5-10 years. Not many people are arguing the competitiveness of current domestic offerings and downturn of Japanese brands these days, but there's a reason why they had to change things around and it wasn't a myth.
        • 4 Years Ago
        and I gotta say that 90% of them seem to be from JAPANESE makers that we were told CONSTANTLY were the epitome of quality and reliability for the past 10+ years. Ironically their recalls (Toyota, Honda, Nissan) go back... about 10+ years. Meaning their quality wasn't any better then than it is now...

        GM and the DOMESTICS 4 LIFE... because buying Foreign for the old reason of perceived Reliability, superior fuel economy, better handling, and better quality has been SQUASHED by magnificent cars like the Malibu, Fusion, CTS, SRX, Cruze, Volt, Corvette, Traverse, Taurus, Lacrosse, F-Series, Silvy... and I could continue typing American name plates for a while.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The more complex cars get, the more 'stuff' there is to go wrong. You can run DFMEAs all day and still have a supplier issue or material failures or...

      The game over the next while are these two to the extreme:
      1. What companies can really limit their warranty hits
      2. How well they handle it in the press and at the dealerships when it does happen.

      I hope for the Nissan Leaf and GM Volt to have very few, if any, recalls. All these new technologies have some folks nervous to spend their money on them already and a couple recalls would overshadow what these cars are offering...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @psarhjinian

        All the problems you have just mentioned have been replaced with a new set of problems.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Man, talk about serving it up right over the plate for Simplecar...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well they need to start making cars less and less complex...
        • 4 Years Ago
        They've been replaced with new problems of a very small fractional magnitude of what the old problems were.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You're right. Let's get rid of fuel injection. Oh, and electric starters, too: a hand crank should be good In fact, let's bring back manual chokes and kerosene headlamps.

        Modern cars are more reliable and much safer because of advancement. I don't know if you recall how throttle cables used to stretch, stick or brake, or how tune-ups used to be required at a greater frequency than we do oil changes, or what hell carbs were.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This sucks. I sell Nissan's... I gotta say no one was expecting this here at the dealership I work at.

      That being said, I think Nissan is one of the few nameplates left from Japan with even a tiny bit of enthusiast blood in it's designs/cars. It still appeals to many different genres/people's, so it's good that they came out and rectified the problem as soon as possible.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And Mazda. And sort of Mitsubishi, but they're in a death spiral. Also, Suzuki, but they're so tiny, no one thinks about them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thank god my Nissan Maxima was assembled in 2002 haha
      • 4 Years Ago
      Er... stupid reply button. In response to Ririarte long cranking issues.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They need to fix the transmission on my maxima!, and I know im not alone, the valve body 05+ maximas is a piece of brown processed food.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Been a while since Nissan stepped up to the plate. There are a hell of a lot more things to fix than this. Their quality has dropped A LOT since Ghosn took over, i hope they make good on it.

      I may be an oldschool Nissan fanboy, but frankly i tell people to avoid their current products like the plague. Mid-90's Chrysler-esque reliability is not acceptable from a Japanese company.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is what happens when you advertise making claims of superiority of others in the safety/reliability of your vehicles. (we have had the brake situation covered years ago...)

      It's called Karma
      • 4 Years Ago
      2.14 million vehicles is only Nissan "3rd biggest recall"? How many was 1st and 2nd?
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