Nissan recalls 166,000 cars in the US, Canada over faulty ignition switches
Nissan Motor Co. said that it will recall about 166,000 small cars, commercial vans, and mid-size pickup trucks to replace faulty ignition switches that may cause engines to shut off while the vehicles are being driven. The recall mostly affects vehicles sold in Canada, although 13,000 are in the U.S.
Nissan vehicles subject to the recall in the U.S. include some but not all 2017-2018 Juke, Frontier, Sentra, Versa, Versa Note, NV, NV200, and Nissan Taxi models.
In Canada, the recall includes a number of 2017-2018 Frontier, Micra (known in Mexico as Nissan March), and Versa Note models and 2017 Sentra vehicles. Vans manufactured in 2017 — specifically the NV200, NV1500, NV2500, and NV3500 models — are also being called in for checks.
If the ignition switches are moved from “On” to “Accessory” while the vehicle is being driven, their airbag systems could be turned off.
Nissan said that owners of affected vehicles will begin receiving notices in the mail in September to make an appointment with their dealership for an inspection of the ignition switch and a possible replacement.
In the meantime, the automaker said that drivers of the affected vehicles should take all additional keys and other items off of their key chains until their ignition switches are inspected in order to reduce strain that could cause the switch to move.