Nissan Recalls X-Trail, Maxima and Murano
TOKYO - Nissan Motor Co. has
begun recalling more than 130,000 vehicles globally — including
80,000 in North America — because of an ignition key defect, a
company official said Thursday.
There have been no reports of injuries related to the defect, the
Transport Ministry said.
Nissan is recalling in Japan of 50,962 X-Trail and Murano sport
utility vehicles produced from August 2004 to July 2006, Nissan
spokeswoman Madoka Soma said.
Overseas, the Tokyo-based manufacturer is recalling about 70,000
Muranos in North America, 300 in Taiwan and 800 in Singapore, she
said. No X-Trails have been sold overseas.
Also being recalled for the same defect are 10,000 Maxima sedans in
North America, Nissan said.
Some of the rods connecting the ignition part with parts that start
the engine are too long, so the cars sometimes don't start properly,
Nissan said. Occasionally, the engines start even when the ignition
is turned off and the driver moves the steering wheel, it said.
The recalls involve only models using Nissan's "intelligent keys"
with integrated circuit chips inside, which allows drivers to open
their car doors with their keys still inside their pockets by just
pressing on the handle. Drivers don't need to insert the intelligent
key to get the car to start, and can keep the key anywhere nearby.