Electric Power Steering May Fail Unexpectedly
Suspension & Steering, November 23, 2011
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Our Quick Take:
The electric power assist may fail unexpectedly. This will increase the force needed to steer the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.
What Should You Do?
Nissan will notify owners of affected vehicles during December, 2011. If you are experiencing problems with the electric power steering, or you don't receive notification and you feel you should have, please contact your dealer. It's helpful to have your vehicle identification number (VIN) when you call.
The circuit board in the electric power steering assist control unit may have been installed incorrectly. This can cause a solder joint to fail, resulting in failure of the circuit board. If the circuit board fails, power steering assist will be lost, increasing the force needed to steer the vehicle, which can lead to a crash. Dealers will replace the electric power steering control module to correct this concern.
Manufacturer's Report Date:
November 23, 2011
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number:
NHTSA Action Number:
STEERING:ELECTRIC POWER ASSIST SYSTEM
Potential Number of Units Affected:
NISSAN IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2011 ROGUE VEHICLES MANUFACTURED FROM AUGUST 17, 2010, THROUGH OCTOBER 30, 2010. THE CIRCUIT BOARD MAY NOT HAVE BEEN INSTALLED IN THE CORRECT POSITION ON CERTAIN ELECTRIC POWER STEERING (EPS) ASSIST CONTROL UNITS. THIS MAY CAUSE ADDITIONAL STRESS ON THE SOLDER OF THE TERMINAL TO THE CIRCUIT BOARD RESULTING IN THE SOLDER CRACKING AND SEPARATING COMPLETELY FROM THE CIRCUIT BOARD.
AS THE CIRCUIT BOARD FAILS, THE POWER STEERING ASSIST FEATURE WILL STOP FUNCTIONING, INCREASING THE FORCE NEEDED TO STEER THE VEHICLE AND INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
NISSAN WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE EPS CONTROL UNIT IF NECESSARY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING DECEMBER 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration