This power steering issue is specific to certain 2021 to 2022 Nissan Versa and Kicks vehicles produced between July 19, 2021 to September 27, 2021. The number of potentially involved vehicles is 20, 040. No other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles are included in this recall.
Nissan launched an investigation into the steering problem in December 2021 after receiving a field report alleging a sudden loss of electric power steering (EPS) assistance on a 2021 Nissan Versa Vehicle.
During the investigation, in order to better understand the problem, Nissan launched a dealer action to collect parts to study. The investigation pointed to a potential issue with the torque sensor, which was confirmed by the supplier’s investigation. A poor weld penetration at the terminal inside the torque sensor could lead to a disconnection of the terminal welds within the steering column torque sensor. The supplier identified the potentially affected population based on production records and Nissan has identified potentially affected vehicles.
According to the defect report, in some of the affected vehicles, an intermittent electrical connection in the electric power steering (EPS) torque sensor can disable the EPS assist. In the event of an EPS failure, a Power Steering Warning Light will illuminate in the instrument cluster to alert the driver and the steering system will default to manual steering mode. The mechanical steering linkage is maintained at all times, but the driver may find it difficult to steer, especially at slow speeds.
Owners of all potentially affected vehicles will be notified beginning on November 9, 2022, to bring their vehicle to the dealer for repair. The dealer will inspect the steering column torque sensor lot code and replace the steering column assembly as necessary. The NHTSA campaign number for this recall is 22V-693.
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