Nissan recall for ignition concerns includes the 2018 Nissan Sentra

Nissan is recalling 153,047 vehicles in the U.S. and Canada because their ignition switches could wear out over time, causing the car to shut off while in motion.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said that a spring within the ignition may fail after six years of normal use.

Transport Canada, the Canadian government agency responsible for vehicle recalls in that country, issued an official recall notice and recommends owners of affected vehicles “remove all objects from the ignition key ring, such as additional keys, key chains, etc.”

A Nissan spokesman told CR that the recall is happening out of “an abundance of caution,” and that the automaker is “not aware of any incidents related to this condition.”

In 2014, GM recalled 2.6 million vehicles with faulty ignition switches that could shut the car off while driving and potentially disable power steering, brakes, and airbags. The defective GM switches were linked to at least 13 deaths and 47 crashes.

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The Details

Vehicles recalled: Certain 2017 and 2018 Juke SUVs, Frontier pickup trucks, Sentra and Versa sedans, Versa Note hatchbacks, and NV200, NV1500, NV2500, and NV3500 vans sold in the U.S. The Nissan Taxi and Canada-only Nissan Micra are also included in the recall, as is the Chevrolet City Express van (which is made by Nissan). Vehicles with push-to-start keyless ignitions are not included.

The problem: Ignition systems that use a mechanical key “may experience reduced durability after several years of normal use,” the automaker said. “In extreme cases, under specific vibration conditions, the key could potentially move out of the ‘ON’ position while the vehicle is in motion.” '

NHTSA said that a vehicle's air bag system would "continue to be powered through built-in electrical capacity reserve" if the ignition shut off, but "this reserve will deplete unless the vehicle is restarted," which increases the risk of injury from a crash.

The fix: Dealers will “inspect and, if necessary, replace the mechanical key ignition switch assembly” at no cost to owners, Nissan said.

Nissan recall for ignition concerns includes the 2018 Nissan Frontier

How to contact the manufacturer: Nissan plans to notify owners of vehicles included in the recall by October 19, 2018.

NHTSA campaign number: 18V551

Check to see whether your vehicle has an open recall: Plug in the 17-digit vehicle identification number at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website. It will tell you whether your vehicle has any open recalls that need to be addressed.


Updated: This article was updated to reflect new information released by NHTSA.