Nissan Micra recall: Nissan moves to reassure customers

More than 130,000 Nissan Micras set to be recalled in the UK due to steering wheel fault

Steering fault leads to Nissan recall

Update: Nissan has moved to reassure its customers after it issued a recall for more than 130,000 Nissan Micra models in the UK.

The company discovered a potential safety issue with the steering wheel securing bolt and issued a recall for more than 841,000 cars around the world, but a Nissan spokesman told Auto Express: "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.

"The recall is necessary as in some cases the steering wheel securing bolt can gradually become loose. Nissan dealers will tighten the steering wheel fixing bolt to the correct torque at no cost to the customer. The check will take less than 15 minutes at a dealer.

"Nissan is committed to a high level of customer safety, service and satisfaction and is working with its dealers to promptly address this issue.”

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It said 133,869 Nissan Micra models will be recalled in the UK. Nissan claims there is no danger of a sudden steering failure, despite reports suggesting that the steering wheel could come off in the driver's hands.

It is part of a worldwide recall of more than 841,000 cars. The rest of the cars included in the recall are Nissan Cube models built in Japan between 2002 and 2006.

Just last month, Nissan was involved in worldwide recall of more than 3.4 million cars. A potential fault was discovered with the passenger airbag, which could have caused the airbag to be deployed abnormally in a crash.

The defective part was made by parts maker Takata Corp, which supplied components to Toyota, Honda, and Mazda, as well as Nissan. More than 150,000 cars in the UK were affected, across the four brands. However, no injuries occurred as a result of the potential defective part.

While the numbers of cars involved are high, recalls are in fact quite common. In 2012, there were 123 recalls in the UK, affecting nearly 1 million cars.

In most cases, the car maker recalling the car will contact owners to arrange an appointment at a local dealer and the fix is made free of charge.

• See also: Everything you need to know about car recalls

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