Nissan recall after steering wheel detaches

Last updated 14:30 14/09/2012

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Almost 50,000 Nissan Dualis compact SUVs are to be recalled after the steering wheel of a car came off in the hands of a Finnish cameraman working for the country's national broadcaster.

The brand issued a recall of 2012 model versions of the five-seat Dualis and seven-seat Dualis+2 – known as the Qashqai and Qashqai+2 in other markets – after the television station showed footage of wheel coming loose.

The maker blamed the fault on an "altered manufacturing process" at an unnamed supplier. It said the inspection time for potentially faulty cars would be 10-12 minutes and any faulty steering wheels would be replaced at no cost. The replacement is expected to take 20 minutes.

Nissan's global communications team said the problem was likely to affect just 600 of the 48,000 vehicles recalled.

The company will begin notifying affected owners soon.

All Dualis and Dualis+2 models are built in Nissan's plant in Sunderland, UK.

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