Nissan Recalls 196,000 Pathfinder, Infiniti QX4

Some owners of the Infiniti QX4 and Nissan Pathfinder models in several US states will have to take their cars in for servicing in the near future, after the Japanese automaker found a problem with the steering column of the models.

According to the company's bulletin, published on the NHTSA website, a problem has been found with the "high concentrations of road salt". Nissan says that the salt used these past few winters to counter the snow on the roads might have affected the steering column of the two models.

More precisely, a combination of water, salt and snow may have accumulated in an assembly location hole in the upper strut housing. Over time, says Nissan, this combination may lead to corrosion of the strut tower housing.

As a result of that, the strut housing may crack and pull away from the inner hood ledge assembly, transforming into grinding noises, increased steering efforts and, in the most severe of cases, the possibility of the steering column to break and make the cars uncontrolable.

The recall announced by Nissan concerns Pathfinder model manufactured in between 1996 and 2004 and QX4 models built in between 1997 and 2003. The recall is not intended for all the models sold in the country, but for those sold in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington D.C., West Virginia and Wisconsin. The recall is expected to begin in the middle of next month.
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