Nissan is recalling just over 14,700 vehicles from the 2011 and 2012 model years over faulty bolts in the engine. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "bolts that connect the engine oil cooler and the engine oil filter to the engine in these vehicles may have been manufactured to below specification strength."

Affected Nissan vehicles include the 2011-12 Pathfinder, 2011-12 Xterra, 2012 NV and 2012 Frontier. Additionally, the 2011 Infiniti FX and 2012 Infiniti M are being recalled for this issue.

The NHTSA report states that if there is an engine oil leak, pressure would drop and the engine could possibly seize. Bad news all around.

The recall is expected to kick off in mid-January, and Nissan dealers will replace the connector bolts free of charge. To read the full NHTSA report, follow the jump.
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
INFINITI / FX 2011
INFINITI / M 2012
NISSAN / FRONTIER 2012
NISSAN / NV 2012
NISSAN / PATHFINDER 2011-2012
NISSAN / XTERRA 2011-2012

Manufacturer: NISSAN NORTH AMERICA, INC.
Mfr's Report Date: DEC 19, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 11V592000
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: ENGINE AND ENGINE COOLING
Potential Number of Units Affected: 14,718

Summary

NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 INFINITI FX, MODEL YEAR 2012 INFINITI M, MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 NISSAN FRONTIER, MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 NISSAN XTERRA, MODEL YEAR 2011-2012 NISSAN PATHFINDER, AND MODEL YEAR 2012 NISSAN NV VEHICLES. SOME OF THE BOLTS THAT CONNECT THE ENGINE OIL COOLER AND THE ENGINE OIL FILTER TO THE ENGINE IN THESE VEHICLES MAY HAVE BEEN MANUFACTURED TO BELOW SPECIFICATION STRENGTH. AS A RESULT, THE BOLT MAY BREAK AT THE OIL FILTER ATTACHMENT POINT AND CAN CAUSE AN ENGINE OIL LEAK.

Consequence

IF THERE IS AN ENGINE OIL LEAK, THE ENGINE OIL PRESSURE WOULD DROP AND THE ENGINE COULD SEIZE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.

Remedy

NISSAN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE CONNECTOR BOLTS FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT JANUARY 19, 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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      munchacrunch
      • 3 Years Ago
      Interesting, I wonder why they don't recall the radiators on the 2005 -2006 Pathfiners, since many people have had trouble with the coolant pipes in the transmission bursting and ruining the transmissions.
      Karl T
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chin-er bolts?
      kontroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      japanese junk for the masses...nissan always produced inferior products, not to mention their really weird designs lately. This is not Renault's fault, Renault is luxury compared to this brand
        whofan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kontroll
        Nissan builds a quality product, ugly as sin but quality product. Chinese or counterfeit bolts are not Nissan`s fault. Rest assured that other products have these as well if Nissan has them. When I was in the Airforce in 1989 we had to change out all the bolts that held hitches on the vehicles. They were counterfeit grade eight bolts. The vehicles towed F16s to the flight line.
        carfan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kontroll
        I totally agree with you kontroll.NISSANS ARE JUNK, they always were and always will be. They are vastly inferior compared to the competition and if it were not for Renault these guys would not exist anymore. Also their designs are horrific and grotesque. Only the uneducated american public buys these ugly unreliable cars
      tributetodrive
      • 3 Years Ago
      I always thought they had a screw loose.
      Poe
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey Nissan... your Renault is showing.
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm amazed there aren't more recalls due to faulty or even counterfeit critical fasteners. The supply chain is so anonymous that this stuff got through...trusted suppliers, meh.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Sukairain
        • 3 Years Ago
        Cheap? Not sure about that, the Leaf is solid, the Quest has the best interior in its segment, the Infinitis are outstanding compared to any domestic or German competitors. Don't know about you, I'm certainly not disappointed. As a long time Nissan fan, I am really surprised how far they have risen in the last 10 years.
        sensibility2
        • 3 Years Ago
        I agree with your assessment here. You can see the cheapness in their recent products and not to mention the Armada. Cheap parts, cheap workmanship and we the buyers are paying the price for it.
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