Nissan faces recall after steering wheel detachments

September 13, 2012 12:00 AM

Nissan is recalling 51,000 vehicles after there were multiple reports of detaching steering wheels.

Reuters is reporting that the new Nissan Qashqai SUV has issues regarding the steering wheel security. One Finnish driver claimed that his steering wheel came off in his hands while driving on August 27, and video from the event quickly found its way into the media.

Nissan claims that they found the cause, and the potential defect only affects about 600 vehicles. The problem can allegedly be traced to an unnamed supplier who changed the production process of the wheels.

While this recall primarily affects regions outside of the United States, the automaker had a similar problem resulting in an American recall several weeks ago. Almost 8,000 Infiniti JX35 vehicles were recalled due to incorrect fuel gauge readings. Earlier in July, another inquiry was opened into the possibility of faulty brake service.

Once Nissan gets to the bottom of the issues surrounding both the Qashqai and the JX35, drivers with potentially faulty vehicles can expect to receive notice. If necessary, dealers will provide a car repair free of charge for these models. 

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