The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has issued a recall on more than 236,000 Nissan 2020 – 2022 Sentra sedans due to steering wheel issues.
According to the recall, on affected vehicles, the left and/or right side tie rod’s strength may be insufficient under certain operating conditions. If the tie rod experiences a high input force (such as a curb impact) it may deform.
A bent tie rod may impair the driver’s ability to steer the vehicle. Additionally, the steering wheel may be off-center and/or experience vibration. In the worst case scenario, if the tie rod breaks, it can lead to a partial loss of steering control which may increase the risk of a crash.
The customer may notice the steering wheel may be off-center and/or experience vibration.
The interim notification will instruct owners to contact dealers for diagnosis and transport instructions if they experience an off-center steering wheel or vibration. If a dealer confirms a tie rod is bent or broken, the dealer will replace the affected part with a new design part at no cost to the owner. When additional remedy parts are available, currently expected beginning in Winter 2023-24, owners will receive an invitation to repair letter instructing them to bring their vehicle to a dealer for remedy. Dealers will replace both the left and right side tie rods with the new design parts.
This repair will be performed free of charge for parts and labor and may take up to two and a half (2.5) hours to complete. Nissan will include a statement in the Part 577 owner notification concerning reimbursement for the cost of obtaining a pre-notification remedy since some subject vehicles are no longer under warranty.
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