Following an earlier investigation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced the recall of 195,991 Infiniti QX4 and Nissan Pathfinder SUVs for excessive corrosion.
According to the NHTSA, Nissan is recalling 33,333 Infiniti QX4 SUVs from the 1997-03 model years and 162,658 Nissan Pathfinders produced between 1996-04. The recall only covers vehicles currently registered in 20 snow-belt states and Washington D.C.
The recall is due to a design defect in the cars' strut housing. The housing may crack and pull away from the inner hood assembly, allowing for a mixture of snow, water and salt to enter the assembly. Overtime, the mixture could corrode the strut tower.
In total Nissan has received 35 complaints related to strut tower corrosion. Five of those complaints included a total loss of steering.
Nissan's recall will begin on May 16th. Dealers will inspect vehicles covered by the recall, offering varying levels of repairs. If corrosion is limited to surface rust, dealers will simply apply an anti-corrosion sealant to the area. If moderate corrosion is present, dealers will add a patch in addition to the sealant. For those with vehicles beyond repair, Nissan says it will "provide an appropriate remedy."ť
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