Japan’s second-largest automaker, Nissan, is recalling 2.14 million vehicles worldwide due to an ignition switch problem that could lead to engine stalling.
The third-largest recall ever for the Yokohama-based maker, the service action involves a broad swath of the company’s line-up, from the March minicar up to the massive Infiniti QX56 luxury SUV. The breadth of the problem underscores the downside manufacturers face as they communize parts across their product range in an effort to cut costs.
Nissan says it has no reports of any accidents caused by the defect. In some situations, however, the defect can lead to stalling and the inability to restart the vehicle.
The recall involves vehicles produced in a variety of Nissan plants worldwide, including those in Japan, the U.S., Canada, Spain and Great Britain. About a third of the vehicles involved, 762,000 in all, were sold in North America, but Japan accounts for the largest number, 835,000.
The recall covers vehicles produced between August 2003 and July 2006.