In October 2020 Nissan became aware of a problem with certain front steering knuckles and rear axle housing manufactured at their Yokohama, Japan Plant. Nissan conducted a plant audit and determined that a gap in a particular furnace door caused low temperature conditions during the heat treating process. Axle components located in the low temperature area of the furnace experienced an insufficient amount of heat which resulted in poor hardness. These components have been installed on certain 2020-2021 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles.

If the front steering knuckle or rear axle housing receives an impact such as hitting a curb, the steering knuckle or rear axle housing could deform. If the steering knuckle is deformed, the steering wheel may become off-center, impairing the driver’s ability to steer the vehicle. If the rear axle housing is deformed, it will cause wheel mis-alignment.

If the deformation is not detected and the vehicle continues to be operated, the damaged steering knuckle or rear axle housing may cause the wheels to separate from the vehicle.

Vehicles Affected Include
2020 Nissan Murano
2021 Nisssn GT-R
2020 Infiniti QX60
2021 Infiniti QX50
2021 Infiniti Q50

Dealers will inspect and replace the front steering knuckle and rear axle housing, as necessary. The NHTSA recall campaign number is 21V-402.

Owners of certain 2020-2021 Nissan Armada and 2020-2021 Infiniti QX80 SUVs equipped with V8 engines could experience a fuel system problem that could result in an unexpected engine stall. Nissan learned of a potential issue on these vehicles in June 2020 and initiated an investigation which has lead to the recall of approximately 24,000 vehicles.

According to the defect report, the fuel pump module was not designed to manufacturer specifications and could fail. During the impeller manufacturing process, a buildup of molten plastic on the injection moulding machine cylinder tip could cause the density of the impeller to be out of specification. Fuel inside the fuel pump can cause the impeller to swell, increasing friction between the impeller and inlet cover. Eventually the fuel pump will bind internally and the engine will stall.

Owners receiving notices will be asked to return to the dealers to have the fuel pump module replaced. Nissan’s number for this recall is R21A2, Infiniti’s number for this recall is R21A3 and the NHTSA campaign number is 21V-373.

In February, Nissan initiated an investigation into reports of an illuminated Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL), reduced power and engine stalling in some 2021 Infiniti Q50 And Q60 vehicles. This investigation has resulted in a recall affecting approximately 13,000 vehicles.

According to the defect report, the engine control module (EMC)in the subject vehicles has a software function that prevents unintended acceleration based on monitoring torque input. A problem was found with the EMC software which prevented it from correctly reducing engine speed after an excessive torque detection. As a result, the vehicle would go into limp mode, reducing engine power, illuminating the MIL and eventually stalling. Nissan has received one report of an accident without injuries potentially related to this issue.

Infiniti will be notifying owners to return to their dealerships to get the ECM software reprogrammed. Infiniti’s number for this recall is R20C5 and the NHTSA campaign number is 21V-234.

Nissan will be asking the owners of certain 2020 Nissan Murano SUVs, to return to their dealerships for a problem that could result in loss of vehicle control. Approximately 15,000 vehicles are affected by this recall.

According to the defect report, an equipment failure at the supplier resulted in improperly formed billets in the transverse links. As a result, the right and left transverse links are out of specification and in rare cases could separate from the ball joint. This could result in loss of vehicle control and an increased chance of an accident.

Owners of affected vehicles will be notified to return to their dealer to have the left and right hand transverse links inspected for the affected LOT codes. If the LOT code is identified, the dealer will replace the links and perform an alignment.

Nissan’s number for this recall is PC797 and the NHTSA campaign number is 21V-170.

Nissan will be contacting the owners of certain 2020-22021 Nissan Altimas, because of a problem affecting the steering in their cars. Approximately 2,407 vehicles are being recalled.

According to the defect report, in December of last year, Nissan became aware of a Nissan Altima owner who reported a loss of steering while driving. The vehicle was towed to a Nissan dealership and an inspection found that the tie rod ball joint fasteners had become loose and fell off. As a result the tie rod ball joint separated from the steering knuckle and steering was lost.  Further investigation found that a back up process had been used during production, that resulted in inconsistent torque control of the torque on the rod ball joint fastener. All vehicles that underwent the back up process during production were audited and 48 loose tie rod ball joint fasteners were found and repaired.

Owner of affected vehicles will be contacted and instructed to return to their dealers to have their Altima inspected. The left and right hand tie rod ball joint fasteners will be tightened to specification and any missing fasteners will be replaced. Nissan’s number for this recall is PC795 and the NHTSA campaign number is 21V-138.

The owners of certain 2020-2021 General Motors, Nissan and Volkswagen vehicles will be contacted by the automobile manufacturer regarding a problem that could exist with their tires. Continental Tires of America (CTA) have initiated a recall for tires that may have been installed as original equipment on some models.

General Motors Vehicles Affected
2020 Buick Enclave
2020 Cadillac XT5
2020-2021 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
2020 Chevrolet Traverse
2020 GMC Acadia
2020-2021 GMC Sierra 1500
Nissan Vehicles Affected
2020 Nissan Altima
Volkswagen Vehicles Affected
2021 Volkswagen Atlas
2020-2021 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

According to CTA, over-cured tires could experience a break in the sidewall with sudden air loss or could develop a belt edge separation that could lead to partial or full tread/belt loss. These conditions could increase the risk of an accident.

Nissan will be contacting the owners of certain 2012-2017 Nissan and Infiniti trucks and vans because of a defect with the drivers airbag in their vehicles. The problem affects PSDI-5D air bag inflators manufactured at the Takata plant in Mexico

According to the defect report, overloading of the driver front air bag inflator propellant could result in an over pressurized airbag deployment. The problem could cause the airbag inflator to rupture and propel metal fragments throughout the vehicle, possibly causing injury or death to occupants.

Vehicles Affected
2011-2012 Infiniti QX56
2013-2015 Nisssan Armada
2012-2017 Nisssan NV
2013-2015 Nisssan Titan

Those receiving notices will be asked to return to their Nissan or Infiniti dealer to have the driver airbag replaced. The NHTSA campaign number for this recall is 20V-188.

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A small number of 2020 Nissan Versa owners will be contacted by the manufacturer regarding an issue with the fuel system in their cars. The vehicles affected were manufactured between the the dates of September 06, 2019 – September 23, 2019.

According to the defect report, a manufacturing deviation may have resulted in fuel tanks with insufficient wall thickness in one area. The low wall thickness, in combination with the burr trimming process, may have resulted in a small hole in the tank seam. If the owner fills the tank over half full, the tank could leak and a strong fuel smell will come from the rear of the vehicle. If the fuel leak comes in contact with an ignition source, there is a possibility of a vehicle fire.

Dealers will correct the problem by replacing the fuel tank. The NHTSA campaign number for this recall is 20V112.