Nissan recalls 51,000 cars for checks

A loose steering wheel has forced Japanese car giant Nissan to bring back 51,000 British-made cars for "precautionary" checks.

The manufacturer is recalling 48,000 Model Year 2012 Qashqai and Qashqai+2 vehicles and 3,000 Model Year 2012 NV200 cars, which were all built in its plant in Sunderland between February and May this year.

It is thought that around 600 steering wheels will need to be replaced after a customer from Finland complained about a loose wheel last month.

Of the 51,000 vehicles in question, 7,000 were bought in the UK, while others headed for markets in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, Middle East and Oceania.

A spokesman for the Japanese car firm said it was working with dealers to solve the problem quickly. "Nissan retailers will inspect the casting date of the steering wheel armature and where necessary replace the steering wheel at no cost to the customer," the spokesman confirmed.

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