A programming error on the assembly line of the third generation Nissan Rogue at the Smyrna plant in Tennessee has forced the automaker to issue a recall for a handful of SUVs in the United States.
The vehicles may have been put together with incorrect wheel nuts destined for the Maxima instead, which is produced at the same factory.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the turntable that rotates to present the correct nuts to the operator was not programmed accordingly. As a result, it did not identify the 2021 Rogue, so technicians used the wrong wheel nuts.
After conducting an internal investigation, subsequent to a dealer pre-delivery inspection in December last year when they discovered the problem, Nissan has narrowed down the affected production lot to 21 units, which could experience excessive tire wear and vibrations. These were assembled on September 21 and 22, 2020, and it is estimated that 12 percent of them were built with the incorrect nuts, a “flat washer type” instead of a conical shape, safety agency notes.
The repairs will be carried out free of charge, and Nissan informed its dealers earlier this month; owners will be notified on May 7. The car manufacturer’s official number for this recall is PC799 and they can be reached at 1-800-867-7669, whereas the NHTSA’s official vehicle safety hotline phone number is 1-888-327-4236.
This is the second recall of the 2021 Rogue, with Nissan calling back over 2,000 units last month over a possible fire risk due to an improperly secured fuel hose.