UPDATE: 2014 Nissan LEAF Electric Car Recalled For Missing Welds, Will Replace Affected Cars Free of Charge

Nissan has officially recalled 211 LEAF electric cars in the U.S. and 65 LEAFs in Canada to fix a manufacturing fault which could have left certain 2014 Model year LEAFs without the correct welding in their front structural member assemblies.

The 2014 Nissan LEAF has been recalled to fix a problem with missing welds.

The 2014 Nissan LEAF has been recalled to fix a problem with missing welds.

Announced this morning, the recall will involve thorough inspection of affected cars, with any missing welding being rectified under warranty with Nissan replacing, rather than fixing affected cars. In other words, if you’re one of the few with a Nissan LEAF with missing welds, Nissan will replace your car free of charge with a new one.

Nissan says that the affected cars were build between February 28, 2014 and March 12, 2014, and no accidents of injuries have been reported involving the missing welds.

Without the correct welds however, affected cars could fare less well in a crash due to reduced structural integrity, which in turn could increase the risk of injury to the vehicle’s occupants.

There’s no details given by Nissan as to the cause of the missing weld, but Nissan’s official recall notice, listed on the NHTSA website under recall notice 14V192000 says that without the welds present, the vehicles fail to meet the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 208, “Occupant Crash Protection,” and number 305, “Electric-Powered Vehicles: Electrolyte Spillage and Electrical Shock Protection.”

Nissan has said that the recall will begin by mid-June, and it will contact owners directly to arrange for an inspection and if necessary, replace affected vehicles with brand new ones at its own expense.

This is the second official recall for the LEAF in the U.S. this year. Earlier in March, the 2014 LEAF was recalled to address a software fault with the car’s airbag sensor system, but it’s worth noting that we’ve never before seen a vehicle recall in which an entire vehicle has been replaced. And that’s because there’s never been one, until now.

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  • vdiv

    So this is only for the US-made LEAFs? No LEAFs made in the UK or in Japan are affected?

  • Amazing, wonder if they will reuse batteries or sell these as scrap like crash test cars are sold?

    • vdiv

      It may not be worth fixing these cars as they would have to be completely disassembled to check and fix all of the welds, however the parts may be reused in other vehicles or resold. The laws probably do not permit it, but why not even sell fixed LEAFs as certified refurbished?