This week's recalls involve a faulty slip yoke on 2011 Toyota Tundra pickups and Second-generation Nissan Pathfinders and Infiniti QX4 SUVs in 20 cold-weather states and Canada that are being recalled for strut housing corrosion.
1996-2004 Nissan Pathfinder, 1997-2003 Infiniti QX4
The Problem: Road salt and melted snow can build in the strut housing causing it to corrode and possibly crack. This can result in grinding noises, increased steering effort, and even the loss of steering. The Fix: Nissan will inspect the strut housing and repair the problem free of charge. A notification letter will be sent to customers affected by the recall on or before May 16, 2011, or owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: About 225,650 Pathfinders from model years 1996-2004 and about 45,330 Infiniti QX4 SUVs from model years 1997 to 2003 are affected in the U.S. and Canada. 2011 Toyota Tundra The Problem: According to Toyota, a problem during incurred during the casting of slip yokes can cause the part to break, ultimately leading to a broken driveshaft.
The Fix: Dealers will inspect vehicles and look for specific part numbers known to have the problem. If a faulty part number is found, the dealer will replace the part free of charge. The automaker will begin notifying owners of affected vehicles in the coming weeks, but those interested in further information can reach the manufacturer by visiting www.toyota.com/recall or by calling 1-800-331-4331.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Toyota will recall some 51,000 2011 Tundra models, but no more than 26 are said to have the issue. As of now, one vehicle has been found to have the issue. No crashes or injuries have been reported as a result of the problem.
Source: Toyota, NHTSA, Reuters