Nissan In Hot Seat Over Potential Steering Defects

Law360, New York (February 1, 2011, 4:20 PM EST) -- Nissan North America Inc. has come under government scrutiny over reports that structural failures in some of the automaker's Pathfinder and Infiniti QX4 SUVs can lead to an inability to steer the vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday it had launched a so-called preliminary evaluation into about 400,000 Nissan vehicles, including Pathfinders from model years 1996-2004 and QX4s from model years 1997-2003.

According to the agency, the probe was opened on Friday after NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation received 35 reports of corrosion...
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