Nissan Recalls Sentra to Fix Steering Problem

Over 138,000 cars are included in the recall

2021 Nissan Sentra Photo: Nissan

Nissan is recalling 138,736 Sentra sedans from the 2020 and 2021 model years because an important steering component may have been damaged during the assembly process.

A manufacturing mistake may have caused the tie rods of some Sentras to bend during assembly. The tie rod is an important part of the components that connect a car’s steering wheel to its wheels that turn. If a tie rod is bent, drivers may notice vibrations or a steering wheel that is off-center. Over time, a bent tie rod could break. If that happens, drivers could lose control of the vehicle.

Nissan dealerships will inspect the tie rods on the recalled vehicles. If they are bent, the dealerships will replace them free of charge.

In documents provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan says that it is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this recall.

The Details

Vehicles recalled: Nissan Sentra sedans manufactured between Nov. 25, 2019, and March 24, 2021.

The problem: Improperly installed tie rods may have been bent during the assembly process. Bent tie rods can lead to steering problems, including loss of vehicle control.

The fix: Dealerships will inspect and, if necessary, replace them, free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Owners may contact Nissan at 800-867-7669. 

NHTSA campaign number: 21V641. Nissan’s own number for this recall is PM985.

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Keith Barry

Despite my love for quirky, old European sedans like the Renault Medallion, it's my passion to help others find a safe, reliable car that still puts a smile on their face—even if they're stuck in traffic. When I'm not behind the wheel or the keyboard, you can find me exploring a new city on foot or planning my next trip.