Nissan Recalls More Than 800K Vehicles Globally For Steering Wheel Fault

Nissan Motor Co announced Thursday that it was recalling more than 800,000 vehicles globally after discovering a problem in the steering wheel of two of its models.

According to Fox Business, the Japanese automotive giant said it would recall models of the compact Micra (also known as the March), produced in Britain and Japan between 2002 and 2006, as well as the Cube, which was produced in Japan around the same period.

The recalls affects approximately 841,000 vehicles sold to worldwide markets locations such as Japan, Europe, Asia, Oceania, Africa, Latin American, and the Middle East.

In a statement filed with the Japanese Transport Ministry, Nissan revealed the bolt used in the steering wheel of the affected vehicles may not have been properly tightened, and, at worst, the steering wheel may not function.

“Over time, the nut that holds on the steering wheel can become loose,” Nissan spokeswoman Noriko Yoneyama said. “Drivers could start notice some wobbling of the wheel and if this is ignored there is the possibility that it could come completely off.”

As of yet, no accidents, injuries or deaths have been reported due to the steering wheel issue, according to Yoneyama.

Nissan will fix the glitch by either tightening the bolts or replacing the whole steering wheel.

The repair will only take a total of 40 minutes and will be done free of charge at local Nissan dealerships.

The steering wheel issue was Nissan’s third time in recent months the auto maker was forced to issue a recall due to faulty equipment.

In March of this year, the Japanese auto maker recalled 480,000 cars over fears that air bags were not inflating correctly on passenger sides.

Last month, Nissan announced a recall of more than 123,000 Altima sedans to adjust the inflation of the spare tires, which could be over- or under-inflated.