If you drive a 1996 to 2004 Nissan Pathfinder, or a 1997 to 2003 Infiniti QX4, expect to hear from your local dealership in the near future. Nissan has announced the recall of some 271,000 Pathfinders and QX4s, in the United States and Canada, to fix a potential corrosion-related issue that could result in steering loss. In states where road salt is used to prevent icing, a buildup of salt and slush can occur in the strut housing, leading to a potential structure failure and difficulty in controlling the car. Nissan points out that no injuries have been reported due to this issue, and that only a single accident may be attributable to the design.
Nissan expects to begin customer notifications by mid-May, and anticipates that inspections will take approximately one hour per vehicle. Repairs, if needed, will take longer, but the recall is being extended to U.S. customers in snow-belt states only. All of Canada is included, so if you live north of the U.S. border and drive one of the aforementioned SUVs, expect to hear from Nissan soon. If you have questions or concerns, Nissan’s U.S. customer service can be reached at (800) 647-7261. Canadian customers can reach Nissan’s customer service at (800) 387-0122.