Nissan is recalling around 7,000 Qashqais in the UK after it discovered a fault that could result in drivers losing control of the steering.
A low-speed incident in Finland uncovered the fault, which Nissan says could cause the steering column to come loose from its mount.
Made in Britain
The Qashqai is manufactured at Nissan’s Sunderland plant, and it’s the best-selling car made in the UK. Well over a million units have been built to date, and in the six months up to June 2012, the Qashqai was the sixth best-selling car in the UK.
Around 48,000 cars are to be recalled worldwide, including the UK-built Qashqai and the NV200 van, which is built in Spain.
Which? applauds any manufacturer that recalls a car with a safety-related issue. However, the current system in the UK, which is administered by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), essentially allows carmakers to determine when recalls are necessary. We think VOSA should take a stronger stance, insisting manufacturers issue recalls for all safety-related faults and design defects.