Nissan has announced a recall of about 166,000 vehicles in North America due to a problem with the ignition switch that can cause the vehicle to shut off while driving.
According to reports, on certain vehicles equipped with a mechanical key ignition system, a spring in the ignition switch could wear and break, allowing the ignition key to inadvertently move from the “on” position to the “accessory” (ACC) position while driving. If this happens, the engine could shut off, increasing the risk for crashes, and the airbag system could also lose power, leaving the driver unprotected in the event of a crash.
Transport Canada has not disclosed any information regarding crashes, injuries, or fatalities associated with the problem. Nissan’s statement for the U.S. market said it is not aware of any incidents caused by the issue.
The automaker urges all drivers affected by this recall to remove all objects, such as additional keys or keychains, from the ignition key ring in order to lessen their chances of experiencing these problems.
The recall includes about 153,000 vehicles in the United States and 13,000 in Canada. The following vehicles are affected:
Nissan says that drivers will be notified in September. To fix the issue, dealers will inspect the lot number of the ignition switches and replace it with a new one if necessary.
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