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Nissan Recalls 76,652 Quests, Frontiers , Xterras

Recall From: Nissan North America, Inc.

Models:

Nissan Frontier Year: 2000 Nissan Xterra Year: 2000

Number Involved: 76,652

Dates of Manufacture: November 1999 - April 2000

Noncompliance: Certain light duty trucks and sport utility vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 102, "Transmission Shift Lever Sequence, Starter Interlock, and Transmission Braking Effect." These vehicles could have a shift cable lock plate that is too brittle and can break. The gear shift lever and the "PRNDL" indicator may move, but the transmission will not shift out of the "Park" position. Also, the gear indicated on the display may differ from the gear engaged in the transmission. If the driver selects "Drive" and the transmission is actually in "Reverse", a vehicle crash could occur.

Remedy: Dealers will replace the automatic transmission shift cable lock plate. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began Nov. 6, 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

[NHTSA Recall No. 00V288]

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Nissan North America, Inc.

Models: Nissan Quest Years: 1999-2000

Number Involved: 70,000

Dates of Manufacture: September 1998 - March 2000

Defect: On certain minivans, one or more of the five bolts that mount the rack and pinion steering gear to the vehicle may have been incorrectly tightened. There could be a looseness in the steering, which may be accompanied by noise or vibration. Continued operation can cause the bolts to fracture or fall out, reducing steering control.

Remedy: Dealers will inspect the vehicles and, if the bolts are broken or missing, will replace the steering gear mounting bolts. All bolts will be tightened to the specified torque. The manufacturer has reported that owner notification began Nov. 13, 2000. Owners who do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

[NHTSA Recall No. 00V292002]