WASHINGTON — Nissan North America is recalling 16,973 vehicles, including the 2009 Nissan GT-R, 2008 Infiniti EX35 and 2009 Infiniti FX35 and FX45, to correct a steering problem, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A stop-sale order has been issued to Nissan and Infiniti dealers.
"The steering column outer tube may not be round, resulting in extra stress being applied to the upper steering bearing," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "This stress may cause the bearing retainer to fracture, creating extra play in the steering wheel or a possible loss of steering.
"Extra play in the steering wheel or a loss of steering may increase the risk of crash."
There has been one accident but no injuries or fatalities reported to company, Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger told Edmunds on Wednesday.
The affected GT-R cars were built from March 14, 2007 to April 25, 2008.
The affected 2008 Infiniti EX35 SUVs were built from June 29, 2007 to April 25, 2008, while the affected 2009 FX35 and FX45 SUVs were built from October 31, 2007 to April 16, 2008.
Nissan told federal safety regulators that no other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles are affected by the recall.
Owners may become aware of the problem if they feel a "looseness in the steering column," the automaker said in a document filed with NHTSA.
A date has not been set for the recall.
Nissan dealers will replace the steering column assembly on the GT-R. Infiniti dealers will replace the steering shaft on the EX35, FX35 and FX45. Owners can contact Infiniti customer service at 1-800-662-6200 or Nissan customer service at 1-866-668-1487.
Edmunds says: Since a date has not been set for this recall, it's best for owners to stay in touch with their dealer, especially if they have any immediate concerns.