Nissan Kicks SUV and Versa Sedan Recalled to Fix Faulty Power Steering

The power steering could suddenly stop working while the car is in motion

2021 Nissan Kicks driving
2021 Nissan Kicks
Photo: Nissan

Nissan is recalling more than 20,000 Kicks SUVs and Versa sedans from the 2021 model year because their power steering could suddenly stop working. If this happens while the car is in motion, the driver may suddenly need to use more effort to steer the vehicle, especially at lower speeds.

When this problem occurs, drivers may also notice that a power steering warning light has illuminated on the vehicle’s dashboard. The driver will still be able to steer the vehicle manually. However, it may take additional effort to turn the wheel.

The problem is due to a manufacturing defect in a part of the power steering system called the torque sensor. Nissan dealerships will replace these faulty torque sensors, free of charge, when necessary. The fix will also require the replacement of the entire steering column assembly.

In documents provided to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Nissan says that it started investigating the issue after reports of power steering failures in Mexico and the U.S. A Nissan spokesperson told Consumer Reports that the company is not aware of any crashes or injuries related to this issue.

2021 Nissan Versa
2021 Nissan Versa

Photo: John Powers/Consumer Reports Photo: John Powers/Consumer Reports

The Details

Vehicles recalled: Nissan Kicks SUVs and Nissan Versa sedans manufactured between July 19, 2021, and Sept. 27, 2021.

The problem: A manufacturing fault within the electronic power steering torque sensor could cause a sudden power steering failure.

The fix: Nissan dealerships will check the recalled vehicles to see whether their torque sensors need to be replaced. If so, the dealership will replace the entire steering column assembly, free of charge. The automaker says that repairs will begin on Nov. 9, 2022.

How to contact the manufacturer: Nissan will begin notifying owners of affected vehicles by mail starting on Sept. 16, 2022. Owners may also contact Nissan at 800-867-7669.

NHTSA campaign number: 22V693

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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.