Nissan is recalling 51,100 Cube compacts from 2009 and 2010 in the United States and Canada because of possible problems with fuel spilling during rear-end collisions.
Nissan said on Monday that tests conducted by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regulators found more fuel spilled than federal standards allow. The spillage occurred when the vehicles underwent rear crash-testing. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, can lead to a fire, NHTSA said in its bulletin.
No injuries or crashes have been reported due to the problem with Cube, quirky, box-shaped compact sedans.
Nissan said its own earlier tests did not show any fuel leakage. However, to remedy the issue, Nissan will make a voluntary recall. It notified dealers last week and will contact owners on Aug. 30. Nissan dealers will for free attach a protector to a gasoline recirculation tube in the vehicles.
The recall covers model year 2009 and 2010 Cube made between Jan. 30 and July 30, 2009. It includes 45,700 in the U.S. and 5,400 in Canada. The boxy, four-door Cube was introduced in Asia before being sold in the U.S. last year. U.S. buyers snapped up 15,530 through June this year, a 300% increase over the same period a year earlier.
Toyota reported a similar problem last month from NHTSA tests of a Lexus hybrid. The automaker also did not find problems in its own tests, but issued a recall anyway.
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