I recently reviewed the funky-but-practical Nissan cube, and Nissan just announced the recall of 46,000 cubes built between January 30, 2009 and today. Based on semi-absurd NHTSA crash testing involving a 50 mph rear impact, followed by a slow 90 degree rollover, the Nissan cube was found to leak fuel from the filler neck, increasing the risk for a post-crash fire.
I’m with Autoblog on this one: the NHTSA test goes beyond any kind of realistic worst-case scenario. I’m sure the cube would also fail the “anti-tank mine” test, the “HEAT round fired from an M1 Abrams tank” test and the “drop of 10,000 feet from the back of a C-130” test, but I’d still be confident enough to drive a cube until my Nissan dealer could perform the recall work.
If you own a 2009 or 2010 cube, expect to hear from Nissan in the next month. The recall is expected to start by the end of August, and Nissan dealers will install a guard on the gasoline recirculation tube where it meets the fuel filler neck. If you have any questions or concerns about the pending recall, you can reach Nissan’s customer service at (800) 647-7261.