2012 Nissan Armada: Recall Alert

April 25, 2012

Nissan is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2012 model year Armada large SUVs due to incorrect or missing information about the vehicles’ rims. Also included in this recall are certain 2012 model year Nissan Titan full-size pickups.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potential affected units at 26,626. Documentation from Nissan (PDF) breaks down the numbers as follows: 11,365 Armadas, 15,261 Titans.

Affected vehicles were built at the automaker’s Canton, Mississippi plant from August 12, 2011 (start of production) through March 13, 2012.  According to Nissan, vehicles built before and after these dates are not affected because their certification labels contain the specified information.

2012 Nissan Armada

2012 Nissan Armada

The problem

At issue is noncompliance with S4.3.3 of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) No. 110, specifically, that the rim size is not specified on the Part 567 Certification label.

The NHTSA bulletin indicates that omission of the rim size may lead to an incorrect tire and wheel combination, which may increased crash risk.

Also missing on the label (but specified on a separate Tire and Loading information placard) are specified tire size and label pressure. However, failure to show tire size and label pressure on the Part 567 Certification label is not a noncompliance.

What Nissan will do

Nissan will supply owners of affected vehicles with a new label and instructions on how to install it. Owners will also have the option of taking their vehicles to an authorized Nissan dealer to have the label installed at no charge. The Nissan safety recall is expected to begin on or about May 14, 2012.

Owners of 2012 Nissan Armada large SUVs (and 2012 Nissan Titan full-size pickups) involved in the recall with any questions or concerns may contact the automaker at 1-615-725-1000.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to http://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V143000.

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