Nissan has triggered a major recall on certain models for what it has described as "precautionary" checks on their steering wheels.
The recall affects Nissan's Model Year 2012 Qashqai, Qashqai+2 and NV200 vehicles. The total number of cars being recalled is 51,000 and Nissan believes that approximately 600 steering wheels will need to be replaced.
A spokesperson for Nissan said: "Nissan retailers will inspect the casting date of the steering wheel armature and where necessary replace the steering wheel at no cost to the customer."
The recalled vehicles were manufactured at Nissan's plant in Sunderland between February and May. Only 7,000 were purchased in the UK, whiile the remaining cars were shipped as far away as Latin America, Oceania and Africa.
Nissan has said it is working with their dealers to address this issue. The recall was initiated by a complaint received from a customer in Finland in August.
Copyright Press Association 2012