Nissan has announced a voluntary recall campaign of a number of 2013 and 2014 model-year european-market Nissan LEAF electric cars to fix an incorrectly assembled steering column lower joint clip which under certain circumstances may have been dislodged during assembly, leading the joint to eventually work loose and disconnect.
The recall affects cars made at Nissan’s UK manufacturing facility in Sunderland, and covers european-market cars made between the start of UK LEAF production in February 2013 and October 2014.
According to an official Nissan UK statement, some 4,474 vehicles in the UK are involved in the recall, although it does not list the number of European-market cars believed to be affected. Last year, a total of 14,658 LEAFs were sold in Europe, although not all of the cars sold will be affected by this recall.
Nissan says owners of affected LEAFs will be contacted by their authorised dealers, who will carry out a complementary inspection to determine if their cars are affected by the issue. If necessary, a full replacement of the lower steering column shaft will be made at no cost to the customer.
So far, no reported incidences have occurred in Europe concerning the faulty assembly, although Nissan notes in its official recall notice to customers that the forces put on the joint during low speed manoeuvring may cause the joint to work loose with time and disconnect.
The news of the recall comes the same day as His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited Nissan’s Sunderland production facility to see production of the Nissan LEAF and learn about Nissan’s in-house Skills Foundation, a program designed to help young people train for a job in manufacturing and engineering.
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