The Nissan Frontier, Xterra and Pathfinder might all be rugged trucks and SUVs, but two-wheel-drive versions of these vehicles are being recalled due to front suspension components that could possibly fail. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan is recalling about 2,400 of these models due to defective front wheel hubs that were installed on 2012 model-year vehicles built from June 19 through July 12.

Wheel hubs that are faulty could crack and possibly break, which could cause the vehicle to be disabled or get into an accident. NTHSA did not specify if any accidents were reported as a result of this concern, but it appears Nissan caught the problem early enough to limit any large-scale problems. To resolve this recall, Nissan is replacing both front wheel hubs on all affected two-wheel-drive Frontiers, Xterras and Pathfinders.

Nissan will start notifying affected customers on October 8, but check out NHTSA's press release below for more information.
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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
NISSAN / FRONTIER 2012
NISSAN / PATHFINDER 2012
NISSAN / XTERRA 2012

Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.

Report Receipt Date: SEP 20, 2012

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V462000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:HUB

Potential Number of Units Affected: 2,417

Summary:
Nissan is recalling certain model year 2012 Frontier, Pathfinder, and Xterra two-wheel drive vehicles manufactured from June 19, 2012, through July 12, 2012. These vehicles may have been equipped with front wheel hubs that may not meet the design hardness specifications. A wheel hub that was manufactured below hardness specification may wear prematurely and eventually crack.

Consequence:
If the vehicle is driven in this condition, the wheel hub may break, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash.

Remedy:
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replaced the left and right side front wheel hub assemblies free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin on, or about October 8, 2012. Owners may contact Nissan Customer Service at 1-800-647-7261.

Notes:
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.


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      Solomon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Next time look at a Chevrolet Silverado, A Ford D150, or a Dodge Ram. Your country will love you for it...and like Partick said, no parts will fall off. This has to be embarrassing for Nissan, a Japanesse base company.
        FJR1300
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Solomon
        Really! And this is why the US is in decline, arrogance. Did you not know many of the parts of your holy grail of a truck come from China or are off-shore. Also you probably did not know that many of them are not even built in the USA. Next you are going to tell me Harley make the most technologically advanced performance bikes in the world and only use "Good, old made in US parts" miserably wrong on all accounts. By the way, Toyota and Nissan build both their trucks for the North American market in the US. It is time to stop slamming foreign manufacturers with abusive diarrhea and start to do something that really matters , like design and build a competitive quality, durable and reliable product which will win back customers. Corporate America with corporate greed screwed the american people with built in US junk, remember the Pinto, Vega, ... most of the post 70's vehicles were junk which made it easy for off-shore manufacturers to come in and clean up.
        michigan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Solomon
        Of course, because GM Ford and Chrysler products never have issues
      HFGLENDALE
      • 2 Years Ago
      I work for a Nissan dealer and lots of those components are from China, including electrical components..
      Patrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's like buying a blender and the blades fail. This is quite embarrassing for Nissan.
        FJR1300
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Patrick
        Wrong, it is like buying a blender with a bent blade and the manufacturer sending a new blade in the mail without you even asking for it and then sending someone out to install it for you. Big difference and I applaud Nissan, it is called corporate accountability.
      spdracerut
      • 2 Years Ago
      Considering it appears to just be a batch of hubs from a certain time frame, I\'d go with supplier defect. Maybe they got a bad batch of raw material, or the casting tool/cores got altered somehow. Either way, good catch.
      charbonnel
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just another thing, have been attempting to get Nissan America, that they have a problem with the tire pressure sensing system - have to 'OVER PRESSURE' the tires to prevent the light from coming on. What it boils down to is 1 pound pressure per 1,000 feet altitude. 5 pounds for me - causing excessive tire wear. What are they going to do with the new ones
      HFGLENDALE
      • 2 Years Ago
      I work for a Nissan dealer and lots of those components are from China, including electrical components..
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