2013 Nissan Sentra Recalled For Fuel Tank Defect

March 14, 2013

Nissan is conducting a voluntary safety recall of a small number of 2013 Sentra compact cars because they may have fuel tank assemblies that were not properly sealed.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website puts the number of vehicles potentially affected at 392. Affected vehicles were built from September 11 through October 4, 2012 at Nissan’s Aguascalientes, Mexico plant.

2013 Nissan Sentra

2013 Nissan Sentra

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The problem

According to Nissan documentation (PDF) submitted to the NHTSA, the problem stems from a manufacturing process variation at the fuel tank supplier that has since been corrected. Due to this variation, certain Sentra small cars may have fuel tank assemblies that were improperly sealed during manufacture.

Improperly sealed fuel tanks could allow a small amount of gasoline to leak from the tank when full.

The NHTSA bulletin advises that a gasoline leak in the presence of an ignition source may lead to a fire.

Nissan said that vehicle manufacture dates prior to and following those indicated for the recall are not affected.  The automaker further said that no other Nissan or Infiniti models are affected by this recall because the production line used to assemble the Sentra’s fuel tank is unique to this model.

What Nissan will do

Nissan will notify owners and dealers will inspect the fuel tank and replace, if necessary, at no charge. The Nissan safety recall campaign is expected to begin March 18, 2013.

In the meantime, owners of 2013 Nissan Sentra compact sedans with any questions or concerns may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to https://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 13V068000.

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