A Chinese joint venture involving Japan’s Nissan Motors will recall nearly 52,000 cars in China due to safety defects in the steering system, the country’s product-quality watchdog said.
The recall by Dongfeng Motor Co. Ltd. covers 18,146 X-Trail sport utility vehicles and 33,667 Qashqai units, said a statement posted Tuesday on the website of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.
It said the recall was to begin on Wednesday.
A problem with the vehicles’ steering nut may lead to the loss of direction control in extreme cases, the statement said.
Dongfeng Motor will install fasteners on the recalled cars, it added.
Average monthly sales of the two cars in China this year stood at around 5,000 units in total, according to Wednesday’s Beijing Times.
Dongfeng Motor Co. Ltd. was established in 2003 between state-owned Dongfeng Motor Corporation and Nissan Motors.