Nissan is recalling nearly 31,600 Frontier pickups equipped with a mechanical ignition switch that could switch from run to auxiliary, preventing air bags from deploying in a crash.
The recall includes Frontiers from the 2017 and 2018 model years built between March 4 and Oct. 4, 2017, in Canton, Miss. Only 1 percent of the recalled trucks may be affected.
Some mechanical key ignition systems may have a ball spring that could wear out and break within six years of normal use. A broken ball spring would reduce the retention force of the ignition switch. The weight of a heavy ignition key chain paired with driving over rough surfaces could pull the ignition switch from the “ON” position to the “ACC” position.
If the vehicle were in motion when this occurred, the engine would stop running. An electrical capacity reserve would power the air bag system, but the reserve would deplete without a vehicle restart.
The part supplier discovered the issue in August 2017. No customers have complained. Nissan will notify owners of recalled vehicles within 60 days. Dealers will inspect the ignition switch by lot number and replace an affected system with a new one.
The recall also includes 20,007 model year 2017 Nissan NV1500/NV2500 Van/NV3500 Bus, NV3500 Van and NV200 Van, NV200 Taxi and Nissan-built Chevrolet Express City vans.