Nissan issues recall of 2.1m cars worldwideMore than 800k European-built Nissans called back

29 October 2010

Micra included in recalls

Micra included in recalls

Nissan has had to issue a recall on 2.1m cars across the globe due to a problem with the ignition, which may stall the engine.

The recall affects the Micra, Note and Cube along with a handful of other models as part of the Japanese manufacturer’s third largest recall ever.

Ignition fault could stop engine

The fault is reportedly with the ignition-system relay fitted in Nissans built between 2003 and 2006.

Nissan spokesman Mitsuru Yonekawa said: 'In extreme case, the engine will stall and won’t be able to start'.

Despite the widescale recall, which will include 835,000 cars build in Europe, Nissan has assured drivers that no accidents have been reported due to the fault.

It also said the replacement of the ignition relay would take 25 minutes to repair.

Richard Headland, Motoring Editor at Which?, said: 'Where there's a risk of the engine stalling while running, it's vital for the manufacturer to take corrective action. We're pleased to see Nissan taking its responsibility to owners seriously.

'Our understanding is that replacing the ignition relay takes less than half an hour, so it shouldn't result in owners being without their car for very long.'

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Lexus recall

This latest wide scale recall has come just a week after Toyota Motor Corporation announced a call back last week on 1.5m Lexus models.

Toyota, which owns Lexus, recalled 17,000 models from the UK including the IS, GS and RX due to a potential brake master cylinder fault, which could result in a brake fluid leak.

Read the Lexus recall story