Nissan Recalls 166,000 Vehicles in North America Over Ignition Switch Snafu

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky

Nissan is recalling roughly 166,000 vehicles due to an ignition switch issue that could cause the vehicle’s engine to shut off while driving. The automaker said 153,000 of the recalled units are in the United States, with another 13,000 in Canada.

Hoping to stave off additional problems before the matter can be resolved, Nissan has requested that drivers remove all objects from their vehicle’s keyring (extra keys, comically heavy keychains, etc). According to Transport Canada, select Nissan vehicles equipped with a mechanical key ignition system utilize a spring that could wear and break, allowing the ignition to inadvertently move from the on position to the accessory position. Obviously, that’s not the kind of surprise you want while navigating a particularly tricky piece of road.

However, Automotive News reports that Transport Canada was unaware of any accidents caused by the problem. Nissan was likewise unfamiliar with any incidents stemming from the ignition issue, but did issue a statement later in the day. The company explained it was issuing a voluntary recall campaign on certain MY2017-2018 Juke, Frontier, Sentra, Versa, Versa Note, Micra, NV, NV200, and Taxi models. Those units are to be to inspected and, if necessary, have the mechanical key ignition switch assembly replaced.

In Canada, Nissan’s NV1500, NV2500 and NV3500 from the 2017 model year are also included as part of the recall.

This voluntary status would explain why the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety has yet to issue an official recall notice. An update should be forthcoming. Meanwhile, drivers of the affected vehicles should receive a recall notice in September. As always, the repairs will be done at no charge to the owner.

If you have one of these cars, we suggest taking Nissan’s advice and stripping your keyring of all non-essential items. Frankly, this is a smart practice to adhere to in any automobile, as GM once demonstrated.

[Image: Nissan]

Matt Posky
Matt Posky

A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.

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  • Tankinbeans Tankinbeans on Aug 31, 2018

    +1 for push button start?

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    • Gtem Gtem on Sep 01, 2018

      @SCE to AUX Keyless start cars are becoming easier to steal for thieves with fob signal repeater gadgets.

  • Inside Looking Out Inside Looking Out on Aug 31, 2018

    GM sucks anyway. And Ford too. Nissan - do not think so... But seriously, you are kidding, it cannot be Nissan. What we do now? It is terrible. The foundation of our belief system is crumbing before my your our very eyes.

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    • ToddAtlasF1 ToddAtlasF1 on Sep 04, 2018

      @Inside Looking Out Nissan is a French government controlled company. Full stop.

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