The Nissan Leaf has been recalled before, for problems with the passenger-side airbags. Early models of the car has also had start-up issues, but those did not lead to a recall. Today, we're learning about another problem with the world's most popular electric vehicle.

In April, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a recall of a small number of 2014 model year Leaf EVs - just 211 units that were made between February 28 and March 12 of this year – and reminded the world about it this morning with a Tweet. The problem, NHTSA says, is that, "the front structural member assembly may be missing welds," and that means that the car's structural integrity could be compromised in a crash. You don't say.

Starting in the middle of June, Nissan will look at the vehicles that could be missing welds and offer replacements for free. If you have a potentially affected vehicle, Nissan should be contacting you soon, or you can call the automaker at the number listed below.
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Report Receipt Date: APR 16, 2014
NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V192000

Component(s): Potential Number of Units Affected: 211

Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.

Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2014 LEAF vehicles manufactured February 28, 2014, through March 12, 2014. The front structural member assembly may be missing welds, which could reduce the structural integrity of the vehicle if the vehicle is involved in a crash. As such, these vehicles fail to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, "Occupant Crash Protection," and 305, "Electric-Powered Vehicles: Electrolyte Spillage and Electrical Shock Protection."

Missing welds may effect the vehicle's integrity in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of injury to the vehicle's occupants.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect to see if any of the welds are missing. Any vehicle missing welds will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by mid-June 2014. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

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

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    • 1 Second Ago
      2 wheeled menace
      • 1 Day Ago
      Owch!! good thing it's only 211 units.
      • 1 Day Ago
      Replacement welds or replacement cars? Again, an article clear as mud.
        • 1 Day Ago
        According to the press release replacement cars.
      • 1 Day Ago
      I see these things sputter in the heat all the time...
      • 1 Day Ago
      Missing welds, that's comforting. Do they not have people inspecting the unibody when it comes out of the welding area to look for stuff like this? Even robots aren't perfect.
      • 1 Day Ago
      It's okay. This just makes for a extra crumbly front crumble zone for softer front end collisions.