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Nissan recalls 586,000 Frontier, Xterra vehicles

2008 Nissan Xterra

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Nissan Motor Co Ltd is recalling nearly 600,000 Frontier pickup trucks and Xterra sport-utility vehicles because of risks the steering shaft could crack due to corrosion.

No accidents have been associated with these risks, Nissan said in a press release on Thursday. About 85 per cent of all the Frontier and Xterra vehicles recalled are in the United States.

Nissan said it found that the lower steering column joint can corrode, putting limits on its movement. In extreme cases, this can lead to the cracking of the steering shaft.

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The auto maker received three reports of this problem in Canada and six in Brazil.

The joint and shaft will be replaced on about 303,000 Nissan Frontier trucks and 283,000 Xterra SUVs, Nissan said.

The affected cars were manufactured at Nissan's plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, between July 2001 and January 2005 and at its Curitiba, Brazil, plant from November 2001 to June 2008.

Additionally, the auto maker is recalling about 18,500 Sentra sedans due to a faulty battery connection that could make starting the cars difficult and cause stalling at low speeds.

The Sentra cars were manufactured at the Aguascalientes, Mexico, plant between May 22 and July 8.

Reporting by Deepa Seetharaman and David Bailey; Editing by Steve Orlofsky

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