Road salt used for winter road maintenance can cause corrosion in the strut housing of older model Nissan Pathfinders and Infiniti QX4 SUVs currently sold or registered in Canada and cold weather states in the U.S.
1996-2004 Nissan Pathfinder, 1997-2003 Infiniti QX4
The Problem: Road salt and melted snow can build in the strut housing causing it to corrode and possibly crack. This can result in grinding noises, increased steering effort, and even the loss of steering.
The Fix: Nissan will inspect the strut housing and repair the problem free of charge. A notification letter will be sent to customers affected by the recall on or before May 16, 2011, or owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: About 225,650 Pathfinders from model years 1996-2004 and about 45,330 Infiniti QX4 SUVs from model years 1997 to 2003 are affected in the U.S. and Canada.
Source: Reuters, NHTSA