Nissan is recalling roughly 166,000 vehicles due to an ignition switch issue that could cause the vehicleâ€™s engine to shut off while driving.Â The automaker said 153,000 of the recalled units are in the United States, with another 13,000 in Canada.
Hoping to stave off additional problems before the matter can be resolved, Nissan has requested that driversÂ remove all objects from their vehicle’s keyring (extra keys, comically heavy keychains, etc).Â According to Transport Canada, select Nissan vehicles equipped with a mechanical key ignition system utilize a spring that could wear and break, allowing the ignition to inadvertently move from the on position to the accessory position.Â Obviously, that’s not the kind of surprise you want while navigating a particularly tricky piece of road.Â
However, Automotive News reports thatÂ Transport Canada was unaware of any accidents caused by the problem.Â Nissan was likewise unfamiliar with any incidents stemming from the ignition issue, but did issue a statement later in the day. The company explained it was issuing a voluntary recall campaign on certain MY2017-2018 Juke, Frontier, Sentra, Versa, Versa Note, Micra, NV, NV200, and Taxi models. Those units are to be to inspected and, if necessary, have the mechanical key ignition switch assembly replaced.
In Canada, Nissan’s NV1500, NV2500 and NV3500 from the 2017 model year are also included as part of the recall.
This voluntary status would explain why the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety has yet to issue an official recall notice. An update should be forthcoming. Meanwhile, drivers of the affected vehicles shouldÂ receive a recall notice in September. As always, the repairs will be done at no charge to the owner.
If you have one of these cars, we suggest taking Nissan’s advice and stripping your keyring of all non-essential items. Frankly, this is a smart practice to adhere to in any automobile, as GM once demonstrated.