Tip for Nissan: don’t ask GM for advice on this one.
The words ‘defective ignition switch’ is not something automakers want to here. Just ask GM. Unfortunately for Nissan, it has issued a recall for some 166,000 vehicles in North America (153,000 in the US, 13,000 in Canada) due to concerns of defective ignition switches. The affected vehicles include 2017 and 2018 model-year Jukes, Frontier pickup truck, Sentra, Versa, Versa Note, Micra (which isn’t sold in the US), NV, NV200 and NV Taxi. Nissan confirmed to several outlets that the recall only affects vehicles with a key-in-switch ignition. Vehicles equipped with optional push-button starts are not involved.
More specifically, Nissan is concerned about a spring in the mechanical ignition system. Because of this, the inserted key could potentially be moved from the “ON” position to “ACC” while driving. This could shut off both the engine and airbag system. Fortunately, Nissan is not aware of any instances where this happened and no injuries have been reported.
In other words, Nissan isn’t taking any chances here, hence the recall before this could really become a dangerous problem. Nissan says it will notify affected owners later this month with specific instructions. Obviously, the problem will be repaired free of charge at Nissan dealerships.