Nissan has agreed to recall more than 300,000 of its Versa cars sold across so-called salt-belt states in the U.S and in Canada over concerns that front coil springs will corrode and fracture with continued exposure to road salt. Nissan said the recall will affect 218,019 model year 2007 to 2012 Versas sold in 21 eastern states and 101,488 sold in Canada. Corrosion in the cars results from driving heavily salted roads in colder months and leads to fracturing of front coil springs and ultimately failure of the car’s front suspension and tires.
Nissan will notify owners of potentially affected vehicles and will ask them to bring their vehicle to a Nissan dealer to have both front springs replaced at no cost to the vehicle’s owner for parts and labor related to the recall repairs. The recall is expected to begin by mid-November, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which launched an investigation into the problem in May after receiving 93 complaints of front coil spring fractures and one complaint of a crash related to the defect. In its preliminary analysis, the agency found that coil spring failures could happen without warning and at any speed.
One consumer stated that the passenger-side coil spring in their Nissan Versa fractured while the car was driving at 65 miles per hour, leading to sudden tire failure. Another complaint said a passenger-side coil spring fractured at 40 mph, resulting in tire puncture and brake line failure. Nissan says it has received no reports of accident or injury related to the issue. The Versa recall comes less than one month after Nissan announced a recall of almost 300,000 other Versa and Versa Note cars over an obstruction near the vehicles’ acceleration pedal that could catch a driver’s shoe when they went to press the brakes. That recall, prompted by a California lawsuit over the same issue, affected 298,747 vehicles among Nissan’s model year 2012-2015 Versas and 2014-2015 Versa Notes.
According to the California suit, the defect caused the driver of a 2012 Versa to swerve onto a sidewalk, killing a woman and severely injuring her sister and daughter. The Plaintiff in the case filed a motion to dismiss the suit in August due to a problem with diversity jurisdiction.
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