2010-2011 Nissan Sentra Recalled, May Stall Unexpectedly

December 16, 2011

If you own a Nissan Sentra from the 2010 or 2011 model years, pay attention: your vehicle may be recalled due to a potential problem with its battery system, which could cause your car to stall unexpectedly.

The Sentra recall centers around a faulty terminal stud bolt. It appears that some of the bolts used in Sentras received a zinc coating that was thicker than it should've been. As a result, vehicles may experience a drop in voltage from the battery, which could make cars difficult to start. In certain cases, that voltage drop might happen while vehicles are in motion, which would cause them to stall in traffic and increase the risk of an accident.

The recall affects Sentras built between May 11 and May 22, 2010 or between July 8 and October 25, 2010. The recall is limited to vehicles equipped with MR20 engines. Altogether, 33,803 Sentras are subject to recall.

Nissan will notify owners of the recall on or before January 23, 2012. At that time, owners can take their vehicles to a Nissan dealer, who will inspect them and replace the positive battery cover and terminal, if necessary.

If you'd like further details, contact Nissan at 800-647-7261, or call the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 and reference recall #11V579000. You might also take a look at the official NHTSA bulletin for the recall.

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