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NHTSA 80-98
Contact: Tim Hurd

Tel. No. (202) 366-9550

Nissan Motors Corporation


Nissan Sentra Years: 1995 - 1998
Nissan 200SX Years: 1995 - 1998

Number Involved: 512,387
Dates of Manufacture: November 1994 - December 1997
NHTSA Recall No.: 98V093
Vehicle Description:
Description of Defect: Water can enter and displace the grease in the wiper arm linkage ball joint where the wiper linkage attaches to the wiper motor linkage. This can result in gradual wear over a period of time inside the joint that could lead to the separation of the wiper linkage assembly from the wiper motor linkage at the ball joint. A loss of windshield wiper function can result if this separation occurs.
Remedy: To prevent grease from being washed out of the joint, dealers will modify this assembly by adding a water diversion seal that will prevent water from entering the windshield wiper linkage ball joint area.
Owner Notification: Owner notification is expected to begin June 29, 1998. Due to the large number of vehicles involved, the owner mailing will be phased and will continue through Dec. 31, 1998. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

NHTSA said manufacturers are required to mail a recall notice to all purchasers, owners and dealers when a safety defect or noncompliance with Federal safety standards is found. The agency urges owners to wait until they receive notification from the manufacturer before contacting their dealers to schedule the repair work. Not all vehicles of a particular make and model may be subject to the recall.