The faulty screw, as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says, may loosen and fall out. This in turn may lead to the steering wheel response being compromised, even if the overall control of the car will not be affected.
Still, in severe cases, the screw may come off entirely and, in case large steering wheel inputs are being made, the pinion shaft may get dislodged from the steering gear and lead to a complete loss of steering control. And we all know where that ends...
As with any major recall, the work being done on the respective vehicles will be performed free of charge. According to NHTSA, the dealers will retighten the faulty screw and add a cover plate to prevent it from unscrewing again. The recall is expected to begin during November this year.
It is the second recall announced this month for Nissan, with some 143,000 Infinti models being called back in the beginning of the month due to a malfunctioning tire pressure monitoring system. The models affected are 2008-2010 Infiniti M35, 2008-2010 M45, 2009 Cube, 2009 Murano and the same 2008 Rogue. The fault may cause tires to deflate and eventually lead to a crash.
As with today's announced recall, this one is expected to begin in November as well, so all Rogue owners facing the two problems may get them both fixed at the same time.