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Nissan Xterra Recall 05V458000

Improper Welding on Hitch May Cause Faliure

Recall Details

On certain sport utility vehicles equipped with a Nissan accessory tow hitch, inadequate welding of joints in hitch assembly may result in separation of hitch from vehicle during towing.  Thus cause loss of item in tow and possible accident. Dealer will replace tow hitch free of charge.

 

Our Quick Take

On certain sport utility vehicles equipped with a Nissan tow hitch, improper welding may result in failure failure of said hitch. Resulting in loss of item in tow, possibly causing an accident.

What Should You Do?

Nissan notified customers of affected vehicles on October 17, 2005 advising them to not use the hitch until it was repaired. Nissan sent a second notification on November 21, 2005 advising them to bring the vehicle in for a repair. If you have not been contacted and feel this recall applies to you, you should contact your local dealer. It is helpful to have your VIN Vehicle identification Number ready when doing so.

Body, Interior & Misc., November 21, 2005

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s)
Manufacturer's Report Date
November 21, 2005
NHTSA Action Number
N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected
12,500
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
05V458000
Component
TRAILER HITCHES

Summary
ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A NISSAN ACCESSORY TOW HITCH, INADEQUATE QUALITY OF SOME WELDED JOINTS IN THE HITCH ASSEMBLY MAY RESULT IN SEPARATION OF THE HITCH FROM THE VEHICLE WHEN BEING USED TO TOW.
Consequence
THIS COULD RESULT IN THE TRAILER SEPARATING FROM THE VEHICLE AND CAUSE A CRASH WITHOUT WARNING.
Remedy
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE TOW HITCHES. ON OCTOBER 17, 2005, OWNERS WERE SENT AN INTERIM LETTER ADVISING THEM NOT TO USE THE TOW HITCH UNTIL IT CAN BE REPAIRED. ANOTHER LETTER WAS SENT OUT ON NOVEMBER 21, 2005, NOTIFYING THEM TO BRING THEIR VEHICLES IN FOR REPAIR. OWNERS MAY CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.
Notes
CUSTOMERS MAY 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.
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