Nissan Cube Recalled For Lack Of 'Fuel System Integrity'

July 26, 2010

Nissan is recalling approximately 46,000 Nissan Cubes from the 2009 and 2010 model years. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicles suffer from a fuel system flaw that could result in increased chance of fire during a collision.

Specifically, the NHTSA says that certain units of the Cube "fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 301, 'Fuel System Integrity'". Translation: in crash testing (particularly the rear moving barrier test), the Cube leaked more fuel than was acceptable under current safety standards. And of course, more fuel leaked during a crash means that there's a greater chance of that fuel igniting.

The fuel system flaw affects vehicles manufactured between January 30, 2009 and July 30, 2010. (Since we're only at July 26, that's either a typo, or this release came from the future.) To correct the problem, the NHTSA says that "Dealers will develop a special protector and attach it to the gasoline recirculation tube at the location of the filler neck connector".  The recall will begin in earnest on or before August 30, 2010.

If you have questions, we suggest you call your local Nissan dealer, or ring up Nissan customer service at 800-647-7261. Alternately, you can call the NHTSA safety hotline at 888-327-4236 and reference campaign ID number 10V330000.


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