In­su­la­tor prob­lem could lead to fire on diesel mod­els

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By NEIL DOWLING

A POP­U­LAR mum’s car and fam­ily wagon duo from Nis­san has been hit by a 11,000-car safety re­call.

More than 8000 Nis­san X-Trails and 2700 Nis­san Dualis and Dualis 2+ mod­els are be­ing reeled in to fix, re­spec­tively, po­ten­tial fire risk from a loose engine-bay in­su­la­tion and pos­si­ble steer­ing break­age.

Nis­san Aus­tralia says no in­ci­dents have been re­ported by Aus­tralian own­ers of the cars.

‘‘In the case of the Dualis, it’s only an in­spec­tion of the steer­ing wheel boss,’’ says Nis­san Aus­tralia spokesman Peter Fadeyev.

‘‘Of the 48,000 Dualis (also called Qashqai) re­calls around the world, only 600 had to be re­paired, so in terms of the num­bers, it’s rel­a­tively mi­nor. But it’s still im­por­tant.’’

The Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sions (ACCC) pub­lished an of­fi­cial re­call notice stat­ing that the 2712 J10 Nis­san Dualis mod­els built be­tween Fe­bru­ary 27, 2012 and May 16, 2012, ‘‘are at risk of los­ing their steer­ing as a re­sult of hav­ing the steer­ing wheel boss, which con­nects to the steer­ing col­umn, sep­a­rate from the steer­ing col­umn be­cause of not hav­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate strength’’.

Mr Fadeyev says own­ers are be­ing con­tacted to ar­range in­spec­tion of the steer­ing wheel boss.

‘‘The batch num­ber on the cast­ing will be in­spected to con­firm if re­place­ment is re­quired,’’ he says.

The X-Trail re­call, also spelled out by the ACCC, in­volves po­ten­tial warp­ing of the engine bay’s fire­wall in­su­la­tor in 8136 T31 X-Trails built be­tween De­cem­ber 21, 2006 and April 27, 2012.

The in­su­la­tor could warp and come into contact with the engine’s tur­bocharger and po­ten­tially lead to a fire. It af­fects only the diesel X-Trail. Mr Fadeyev says all the af­fected ve­hi­cles will need a mod­i­fi­ca­tion.

‘‘It will mean hav­ing a bracket fixed to the fire­wall to hold the in­su­la­tion in place and pre­vent it from warp­ing and touch­ing the tur­bocharger,’’ he says.

Nis­san Aus­tralia says X-Trail own­ers are be­ing con­tacted and Dualis own­ers are rec­om­mended to contact their near­est Nis­san dealer to ar­range an in­spec­tion of the steer­ing wheel boss, where a batch num­ber on the cast­ing will con­firm if re­place­ment is re­quired.

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