Nissan's Mideast recall under way

The UAE is the second-largest market for Nissan. (EB FILE)

As many as 22,136 faulty Nissan vehicles will be recalled in the UAE.

Of this, 14,010 are reportedly having gas gauge problem and 8,126 have faulty brake pedal pins, said Nissan Middle East.

In the Middle East, 47,817 vehicles have been identified as having problems and will be recalled.

The company said as many as 15,670 vehicles have brake pedal pins fault and 32,147 have gas gauge problem and will be recalled.

The Japanese car manufacturer has recalled 540,000 vehicles globally.

The brake pedal recall covers the 2008-10 models of Nissan Titan, pickups, Infinity QX56, and Nissan Armada SUVs and 2008-2009 models of Nissan Quest minivans.

Michel I Ayat, CEO of Arabian Automobiles Company, told Emirates Business: "We have started checking our data base of customers who bought cars after 2005. It will take only a couple of hours to get the cars fixed. This recall step has been taken as a precautionary measure only and we have not received any complaints from any of our customers. Customers can get their

vehicles checked-in at our facilities. There is no need to panic."

Arabian Automobiles, part of the AWRostamani, is the sole distributor of Nissan vehicles in Dubai and Northern Emirates.

In the Middle East, the UAE is the second-largest market for Nissan after Saudi Arabia. The company sold more than 38,000 vehicles in 2009 and expects to sell more this year.

"We have not received any intimation from the company on recalling any faulty cars. As soon as we know, we will get back to you," said another Nissan dealer.

Nissan said no accidents have been reported as a result of the manufacturing defect and a spokesperson for the company blamed the problem on a parts supplier.

Renault-Nissan, president and CEO Carlos Ghosn, said last month in an interview in Abu Dhabi that Nissan has the potential to more than double its market share in the region with offering more smaller and cheaper cars.

 

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