Missing welds could force free Nissan Leaf replacement

Missing welds could force free Nissan Leaf replacement

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Missing welds could force free Nissan Leaf replacement

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by JAMES HEALEY / USA TODAY

KING5.com

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 12:53 PM

Nissan says it might have to replace as many as 211 recently-manufactured Leaf battery cars because of missing welds.

The recall is because a key front structural component might not have been completely welded into place on cars made between Feb. 28 and March 12. That would weaken the front and make it less able to protect the car's occupants in a crash, Nissan told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The automaker says it expects only a few of the cars to require replacement.

Nissan and NHTSA say the missing welds not only cause the cars to violate federal occupant protection standards, they also mean the cars break the rules about preventing battery fluid spillage and electrical shock.

About mid-June, owners will be be notified to bring their cars to dealerships, where the cars will be inspected. If all the welds are in place, the cars are safe, Nissan says.

But if not, there's no remedy and Nissan says it will replace the cars "free of charge."

Nissan last month had to recall 29,165 Leaf electrics because the front passenger's airbag might not inflate in a crash.

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