In the UK, the recall will affect 133,869 models of the Nissan Micra, built between 2002 and 2006 in Sunderland.
Nissan said that the bolt used in the steering wheel may not have been screwed on correctly, but that there was no danger of sudden failure. However, with customer’s safety and best interests in mind, Nissan say the recall is necessary because if left unchecked it could eventually lead to damage to the steering column.
So far, no accidents involving the cars have been reported, Nissan said. But drivers will notice if the steering wheel is getting loose, the carmaker added.
Nissan say that the issue will be resolved by tightening the bolts or replacing steering wheels entirely and a Nissan spokesperson in the UK said that the repair would take roughly 15 minutes.
The rest of the global recall affects the Cube – based on the Micra, and produced in Japan between 2002 and 2006.
Nissan has released the following statement: ‘Nissan is writing to owners of its Micra models built between 2nd December 2002 and 12th May 2006 asking them to take their car to a Nissan dealer for a free check to ensure the steering wheel securing bolt is tightened sufficiently.
‘In some cases, the steering wheel securing nut has gradually become loose. This would soon become apparent to the driver and there is no risk of a sudden failure, but if left unchecked this could eventually lead to the steering column being damaged. The check will take less than 15 minutes at a dealer.’