Nissan Motor Co. announced its third safety recall in December, more than a half-dozen different models impacted by the various problems.
The latest safety-related service action involves 14,000 vehicles – including the 2011 Infiniti FX, 2012 Infiniti M, and the 2011-2012 Nissan Frontier, Xterra, Pathfinder and NV models. The recall is designed to fix faulty engine bolts.
The defective bolts in the vehicles may break, leading to oil leaks and engine failure. The automaker began the investigation – which covers vehicles manufactured between June and September of this year — after receiving several reports of bolts breaking.
Earlier in the month, Nissan announced that it would recall 34,000 Sentra sedans due to a problem with their battery cables. That problem could cause engines to stall. The recall included 2010 and 2011 model-year vehicles equipped with Nissan’s MR-20 engines and manufactured between May 11, 2010 and May 22, 2010, and from July 8, 2010 to October 25, 2010.
Nissan also recalled 28,294 units of the small Juke crossover due to a problem with a turbocharger boost sensor bracket that can break free from an air inlet tube as a result of defective welding. The problem could cause the vehicle to stall and, in turn, could lead to a crash, Nissan cautioned.
The 2011 model year Jukes were manufactured between April 9, 2010 and May 12, 2011. Nissan has decided to check the brackets and replace them free of charge if necessary. It will start recalling those vehicles from January 9, 2012.