Nissan North America Inc. has just issued a voluntary recall involving certain model years of three of their vehicles due to problems with the door latch system. While Nissan vehicle dealers may have already been notified about the said recall since July 16, the company has said it will notify owners of affected vehicles through first class mail within 60 days.
The affected vehicles and model years of the recent Nissan recall include 2015 Nissan Rogue SUV’s that were manufactured between June 9 and June 10, 2015. Meanwhile, the 2015 models of both Nissan Sentra and Nissan Versa Note that were manufactured between June 5, 2015 and June 13, 2015 are also part of the recall.
According to a copy of the Noncompliance Report submitted by Nissan to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are as much as 6,595 vehicles affected by the company’s recall. This includes 41 Nissan Rogue SUV’s, 5,281 Nissan Sentra sedans and 1,273 Nissan Versa Note hatchback cars.
According to the report, an operator in the Nissan Aguascalientes, Mexico plant identified a problem with the selected vehicles’ door latch mechanism last June 2015. The problem is that the driver side front and rear doors may not fully latch in the affected vehicles. This means that there is a possibility of the door opening while the car is still moving. This can possibly cause serious accidents or injury, especially when the driver or passenger is not wearing a seatbelt.
The faulty door latches were supplied to Nissan by Magna Closures, which is based in Canada. Nissan said it will replace the affected door latches free of charge. According to the NHTSA vehicle recall database, the recall is expected to start mid-September 2015.
There has also been a stop sale implemented on both Nissan 2015 Sentra and Versa. Affected vehicles number to as much as 6,477 with 3,223 in dealer inventory.