Nissan is recalling nearly 109,000 Nissan Rogue crossovers from the 2014, 2015, and 2016 model years. According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some of those vehicles may have problems with their liftgate supports, which could pose a safety hazard.
The problem is rooted in the protective coating used on the supports, which were supplied by Showa Auto Parts Company. In a defect report, NHTSA explains:
"The anti-corrosion treatment of the outer tube on the rear lift gate stay was altered from specification by the supplier, resulting in a potentially insufficient coating. The rear lift gate stay provides power assist to the rear lift gate and operates under high pressure gas. If the anti-corrosion coating is insufficient, in certain rare instances, the outer tube of the rear lift gate stay may corrode over time due to salt and water penetration; causing a sudden release of pressure."
In some cases, NHTSA says, it's possible that a stay might even break off. Either way--whether the stay becomes depressurized or separates from the vehicle entirely--it could increase the risk of injury to anyone trying to load the vehicle. (If you've ever been smacked in the head by a floppy liftgate, you know how unpleasant that can be.)
The recall affects 2014-2016 Nissan Rogue crossovers manufactured between July 31, 2013 and January 16, 2016. All told, Nissan estimates that some 108,503 vehicles registered in the U.S. are affected.
As you might expect with a recall of this size, repair parts aren't readily available. Nissan says that it will send interim notices to owners by mid-June, followed by a final recall notice when parts are in stock. At that time, owners will be asked to take their vehicles to Nissan dealers, who will replace the rear tailgate stays at no charge.
If you believe that you own one of these vehicles and have further questions, you're encouraged to contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261, or call NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 and ask about safety campaign #16V219000.