Nissan recalls another 800,000 cars


Tony Blaire in a Micra in Sunderland in 2002

Nissan has said it will recall 841,000 cars worldwide, because a bolt in the steering wheel hasn't been screwed in properly. Among the cars are 133,869 Nissan Micras made between 2002 and 2006 in Sunderland.

So are you at risk?

The fault

Nissan said in a statement that the fault affects the Nissan Micras made between 2002 and 2006, and a model called the Cube, manufactured in Japan and never sold in the UK.

The car company said: "In some cases, the steering wheel securing nut has gradually become loose. This would soon become apparent to the driver and there is no risk of a sudden failure, but if left unchecked this could eventually lead to the steering column being damaged."

It added that there had been no reported injuries or deaths as a result of the fault.

Are you at risk?

Nissan said that it would be contacting all potentially affected owners, asking them to take their car to a Nissan dealer for a free check to ensure the steering wheel securing bolt is tightened sufficiently. If you are concerned you can contact your dealer who will check whether your car is affected or call customer services on 01923 899 334.

If your car is included in the recall you will need to make an appointment with a dealer, where the car will be fixed free of charge - either by tightening the bolt or by replacing the steering wheel. The fix should take 15 minutes.

Cars likely to be off the road most

Cars likely to be off the road most


It's the third recall Nissan has had to implement in eight months. As we reported in April it was one of four car companies that had to issue a massive recall because of a problem with the device that inflates the passenger airbag. Back in September it recalled over 50,000 vehicles over a separate problem with a steering wheel.

And it's not the only car maker with recalls on its hands. In April Honda, Toyota and Mazda were also hit by the faulty airbag inflator and issued recalls. Honda has had to recall cars for four different faults in 2013, while Toyota recalled 2.7 million vehicles in November 2012 over a steering wheel fault and 7.43 million in October over a problem with window switches.

Cars likely to be off the road least

Cars likely to be off the road least

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