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Nissan recalls 320K Versas in North America for faulty springs

Autoblog logo Autoblog 10/2/2015 Chris Bruce
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Following an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration starting in May, Nissan is now recalling 319,507 examples of the 2007-2012 Versa in North America. Corrosion from road salt can potentially cause the cars' front suspension coil springs to snap. Specifically, the campaign covers 218,019 Versas in cold-weather US states: the District of Columbia, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. In addition, there are 101,488 cars affected under this campaign in Canada, according to Nissan spokesperson Steve Yaeger to Autoblog.

Nissan reports that a manufacturing issue by the supplier results in an "insufficient anti-corrosion coating" applied to the coil springs. Given enough time and exposure, this can lead to the part's fracturing. According to Yaeger, there are "no accidents or injuries related to this issue reported to Nissan."

Owners of these Versas will get both front coil springs replaced, and Nissan will begin notifying them in November. It seems like perfect timing to avoid another winter of salt hitting them.

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RECALL Subject : Front Coil Springs may Corrode , 1 INVESTIGATION(S)

Report Receipt Date: SEP 14, 2015

NHTSA Campaign Number: 15V573000

Component(s): SUSPENSION

Potential Number of Units Affected: 218,019

All Products Associated with this Recall

Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)

NISSAN VERSA 2007-2012

Details

Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.

SUMMARY:

Nissan (Nissan North America, Inc.) is recalling certain model year 2007-2012 Nissan Versa vehicles manufactured May 8, 2006, to November 12, 2012, that were sold or ever registered in the District of Columbia, Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Road salt may corrode the front coil springs, possibly resulting in the coil springs fracturing.

CONSEQUENCE:

If a front coil spring fractures, it may contact the tire, possibly puncturing it, increasing the risk of a crash.

REMEDY:

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace both front coil springs, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by mid-November 2015. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.

NOTES:

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 www.safercar.gov.

Nissan Statement:

Nissan is recalling certain model year 2007-2012 Versa vehicles in Canada and specific regions of the United States to replace both front coil springs. Due to a manufacturing process variation at a supplier that has since been corrected, certain Versas may contain front coil springs with insufficient anti-corrosion coating. As a result, corrosion could occur over time, which could in extreme cases lead to the fracture of the coil spring and potential damage to the front tire.

Nissan will notify owners of potentially affected vehicles in November, asking 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. Nissan is committed to a high level of customer safety, service and satisfaction and is working with its dealers to provide an outstanding ownership experience to Nissan Versa owners.

Transport Canada Recall # 2015402

Recall Date 2015/09/14

Notification Type Safety TC

System Suspension

Manufacturer Recall Number

Units Affected [The number of vehicles or components affected by the recall.] 101,488

Category Car

Recall Details

On certain vehicles, the front suspension coil springs may have been manufactured with an inadequate phosphorous coating, and/or could have low residual stress in the springs. This inadequate coating could lead to cracking due to coil-to-coil contact when the spring is compressed, which would allow the spring to be more susceptible to corrosion. In some instances coil spring breakage could occur. If ignored, broken front coil spring could damage the front tires and cause rapid air loss and/or tire failure, which could affect the driver's ability to bring the vehicle to a controlled stop, increasing the risk of a crash causing injury and/or property damage. Correction: Dealers will replace both front coil springs.

Make Model Model Year(s) Affected

NISSAN VERSA 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012

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