The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that Nissan must recall some of the 1996-2004 Nissan Pathfinder vehicles. As it is stated in the report, during an investigation of rust issues on the Pathfinder, the NHTSA discovered that corrosion can cause serious steering problems.
The recall affects the Pathfinders that are currently registered or have been originally purchased in one of the 19 states, including Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin, and in the District of Columbia. All the states periodically suffer from heavy snow falls and use heavy concentrations of road salt. The mixture of snow or water with salt may get to the assembly location hole in the front upper strut housing. This may cause water to collect at the mating surface of the strut housing panel and the inner hood ledge assembly. The water and salt intrusion may lead to corrosion of the strut tower housing. Consequently, the strut housing may collapse, which eventually may cause the steering column to break and result in a crash.
Owners of the possibly affected vehicles are advised to take their Pathfinders to a Nissan dealership, where the vehicle will be inspected, and if required, repaired.