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Nissan recalls 2012 Juke SUV for rear seat latch issue

Consumer Reports News: July 17, 2012 12:08 PM

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Nissan North America is recalling nearly 12,000 Nissan Juke small sport-utility vehicles in the United States and Canada. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), certain models of the Juke SUV have rear seat back latches that may fail during a frontal collision, increasing the risk of injury to rear passengers.

NHTSA says the safety issue is tied to "incomplete weld penetration" of the rear seat latches, which are designed to lock the seat backs of the 2012 Nissan Juke SUV in the upright position. The manufacturing issue with Nissan's small SUVs—one of the most fuel-efficient SUVs recently tested by Consumer Reports—affects more than 11,000 of the vehicles in the United States. Another 700 vehicles in Canada also are being recalled, says Transport Canada.

Nissan is expected to notify owners affected by this safety recall of Juke SUVs by the end of July. Mechanics at local dealerships will replace the Juke's faulty rear seat strikers free of charge.

For more information, consumers may call Nissan North America's toll-free customer service at 800-647-7261.

Recall: 20120 Nissan Juke - Seats    Campaign ID #: 12V328000 [NHTSA]
Road Safety Recall # 2012211: Nissan Juke (2112) [Transport Canada]

Paul Eng

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