Why Are Nissan Navara Pickup Trucks Snapping In Half?


And why isn't there a recall?

We recently checked out the 2017 Nissan Frontier and were surprisingly impressed. However, the Frontier’s overseas twin, the Navara, has some structural problems, at least in the UK market. According to The Sun and a private Facebook Navara owners group, severe chassis rust is causing some 2004-2010 Navaras to literally crack and structurally split. A class action lawsuit has been filed, and the photos you’re looking at, provided by numerous unhappy owners, are all the proof needed. So why won’t Nissan issue a recall?

Excellent question, and these owners are rightly demanding one. Nissan has at least bought back some defected trucks from owners after inspecting the rust damage, but a general recall still hasn’t happened. In fact, one affected Navara owner was towing a caravan, within the truck’s towing capacity, through Scotland with his wife when suddenly the truck snapped. He wasn’t speeding or driving erratically, but fortunately no one was hurt. As for Nissan, it claims only a small number of Navaras are affected by this, hence there’s no reason for a mass recall. But the UK’s Transport Select Committee has also pressured Nissan to issue one regardless.

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“To reassure the public, Nissan would be well advised to recall all affected vehicles,” a committee member told The Sun. “If, as they say there are only a small amount of impacted then it shouldn’t be a costly exercise in ensuring that these vehicles really are safe to be on the road.” A total of 35,000 Navaras in the UK and 193,500 units worldwide are affected by this issue according to the representing law firm, Attwood Solicitors.

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