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SafetyAlerts
December 4, 2002

Nissan Has Recalled the 2003 Frontier XE

(SafetyAlerts) -  Nissan Has Recalled the 2003 Frontier XE because the spare wheel does not fit properly.

Number of Units Affected: 6500

Manufactured: 07/2002 - 11/2002

Defect Summary:
ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES EQUIPPED WITH A V6 ENGINE, AN INCORRECT SIZE SPARE TIRE WHEEL RIM WAS PROVIDED IN THESE VEHICLES. THE WHEEL RIM DOES NOT FIT PROPERLY AS A REPLACEMENT FOR A FRONT WHEEL.

Consequence Summary:
WHEN INSTALLED ON THE FRONT OF THE VEHICLE, THE WHEEL RIM WILL CONTACT THE BRAKE CALIPER CAUSING A LOUD RUBBING NOISE AND COULD RESULT IN WEAR ON THE CALIPER AND/OR WHEEL RIM IF DRIVING CONTINUES. CONTINUED USAGE OF THE SPARE TIRE WHEEL AT THE FRONT LOCATION CAN ALSO RESULT IN LOOSENING OF THE LUG NUTS AND DETERIORATION IN BRAKING PERFORMANCE. THIS COULD EVENTUALLY CAUSE THE WHEEL ASSEMBLY TO SEPARATE FORM THE VEHICLE AND RESULT IN LOSS OF CONTROL AND A CRASH.

Corrective Summary:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE SPARE TIRE WHEEL RIM WITH A NEW ONE, AND REMOUNT THE SPARE TIRE ON IT. OWNER NOTIFICATION IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN JANUARY 15, 2003. OWNERS WHO TAKE THEIR VEHICLES TO AN AUTHORIZED DEALER ON AN AGREED UPON SERVICE DATE AND DO NOT RECEIVE THE FREE REMEDY WITHIN A REASONABLE TIME SHOULD CONTACT NISSAN AT 1-800-647-7261.

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 02V316000

Important Note Regarding Auto Recalls
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CAMPAIGN ID Number.
If your dealer doesn't know about the recall when you
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when the next update is due.

Did you know?
During 2001 there were over
1575 products recalled in the United
States for safety reasons!

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