published : 2023-08-21

Fall 2023: Nissan to Recall 236k Sentras Owing to Steering Control Issues

A tie rod weakness in Sentras from model years 2020 to 2022 prompts a major recall as Nissan endeavors to maintain high safety standards

An image taken with a Nikon D850 of a 2022 Nissan Sentra parked on an urban street. The focus is on the front end where the tie rods are located. In the background, blurred cityscape adds depth.

Nissan, a renowned automobile manufacturer, has announced a significant recall of approximately 236,000 Sentra sedans from 2020 to 2022 model years due to a concerning tie rod defect.

This crucial component of the car's suspension system, if bent or broken, could potentially compromise steering control, escalating the risk of accidents.

Evidently, tie rods play a crucial role in maintaining optimal vehicle steering; thus, a malfunction can lead to an off-center or vibrating steering wheel and, in worst-case scenarios, even a substantial loss of steering control.

These particular tie rods may lack the necessary strength in specific operating conditions and could, therefore, warp under high input force, such as hitting a curb.

Captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, a Nissan dealership. In the foreground, a service technician is seen examining the undercarriage of a lifted Sentra, spotlighting the focus on the vehicle's tie rods.

Owners of potentially affected vehicles will be contacted via mail starting October 5, 2023 with instructions to get in touch with their Nissan dealer if they identify any steering anomalies.

It's crucial to highlight that should a tie rod be confirmed as bent or broken, both left and right tie rods would be replaced by the dealers, free of charge.

Further to this, once the replacement parts are available, Nissan will dispatch a second notification inviting owners to bring their Sentra to a dealership where both tie rods will be superseded, without any cost implications.

Nissan has foreseen having the necessary components for this operation by winter 2023-24.

A close-up shot clicked with a Sony Alpha a7 III, showing the tie rods from a Nissan Sentra, both new and old, one evidently bent on display on a well-lit, clean workspace.

They emphasize that the repair, including parts and labor, will be performed free of charge and should take up to two and a half hours to complete.

Nissan stresses its utmost commitment to the safety of its customers and their passengers and has decided on this recall as a proactive measure to tackle the issue affecting the tie rods.

Interestingly, this isn't the first instance of a tie rod issue prompting a recall of Nissan Sentras; in June 2021, around 138,000 units were brought in for the same problem.

Despite the cars having previously undergone repairs, the current recall will result in the replacement of tie rods once again once the parts are obtainable this winter.