In another incidence of little things meaning a lot, Nissan is recalling some 2010- and 2011-model-year Sentra models over the zinc coating on positive battery terminals. Certain Sentras with MR20 engines had too much zinc applied to the stud bolt, which can cause a drop in voltage severe enough to cut power to the engine when trying to start the car and when running.

Nissan is notifying owners of the cars in question, and dealers will swap out the positive terminal at no cost. Follow the jump for the full release from NHTSA.
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Report Date: December 17, 2011 at 03:24 PM
NHTSA Campaign ID number: 11V579000

Vehicle Make / Model: NISSAN / SENTRA
Model Year(s): 2010-2011
Manufacturer: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
Mfr's Report Date: DEC 14, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V579000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: BATTERY: CABLES
Potential Number of Units Affected: 33,803

Summary:
NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2010-2011 SENTRA VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH MR20 ENGINES, MANUFACTURED FROM MAY 11, 2010, TO MAY 22, 2010, AND JULY 8, 2010, TO OCTOBER 25, 2010. THE ZINC COATING APPLIED TO THE TERMINAL STUD BOLT WAS THICKER THAN SPECIFICATION. THIS CAN RESULT IN A VOLTAGE DROP THAT MAY CAUSE DIFFICULTY STARTING THE VEHICLE AND COULD CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE ENGINE CONTROL MODULE (ECM).

Consequence:
THIS ISSUE CAN CAUSE THE ENGINE TO STALL WHILE THE VEHICLE IS IN MOTION AND IT MAY NOT BE POSSIBLE TO RESTART THE ENGINE AFTER IT STOPPED, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy:
NISSAN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE POSITIVE BATTERY TERMINAL AND COVER, FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 23, 2012. 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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      Teko
      • 3 Years Ago
      I figured the recall would be over the horrible exterior & interior designs.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      MyerShift
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the alternator is working when the battery connection fizzled, it would still run unless new cars have some lame override preventing this because in my car I can disconnect the battery while it is running and... Wow! Still running!
      Patrick
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they make the new Sentra to look like a baby maxima or the new version of the altima(the new version looks promising) it may start to become competitive again. The current generation just screams bland