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Nissan recalling more than 600,000 vehicles with potential steering, battery defects

Nissan is recalling more than 600,000 vehicles, mostly in United States and involving Frontier pick-ups and Xterra SUVs, to fix faulty steering columns and battery cables that could result in cracked steering shafts.

A lower steering column joint and shaft will be replaced on approximately 303,000 Frontier edition and 283,000 Xterra editions in 2002-2004 model years. Additionally, the positive battery cable terminal will be replaced on approximately 18,500 Sentra sedans made between May 15, 2010 to July 8, 2010 in Aguascalientes, Mexico.

Approximately 515,000 of the vehicles involved are in the U.S. The remaining recalls will occur in Canada and several Latin American and African countries.

In the SUVs, the lower steering column joint can, in rare cases, develop corrosion that limits movement of the joint. If not repaired, the corrosion could result in a cracked steering shaft, according to the manufacturer.

In the Sentra, a problem with the battery cable could lead to difficulty starting the vehicle or possible stalling at low speeds.

Nissan said it will begin notifying owners in early December once replacement parts are available. For information, call Nissan Consumer Affairs at 1-800-NISSAN1 (1-800-647-7261) or a Nissan dealer.

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