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Nissan has issued yet another recall for the 2010 Armada, Frontier, Pathfinder, Titan, Xterra, and the 2010 Infiniti QX56. The last alert for that group of vehicles was triggered by reports of faulty brake pedals and gas gauges. (A subsequent recall, limited to the Frontier, Pathfinder, and Xterra, centered on flawed airbag installations.) This time around, the automaker has indicated that improper welding could adversely affect steering, which could result in an accident.
A release posted on the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration website indicates that in those six models, "The lower control link assembly has two cylindrical collars forming the inboard attachment points to the chassis. Due to an improper welding process some collars may contain welds that do not meet strength specifications." In certain cases, one or both of those collar welds could break, separating the control link assembly from the chassis, which would result in substantial loss of control. The problem is specific to vehicles manufactured between November 19, 2009 and March 3, 2010. According to the NHTSA, 41,649 vehicles are affected.
Nissan will begin inspecting and repairing vehicles free of charge next month. In the meantime, if you have questions about the recall (and of course you do), you're encouraged to contact Nissan directly at 1-800-647-7261.