Model year 2013-2014 Nissan Muranos may contain a power steering defect, according to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Due to a manufacturing error, an incorrect clamp may allow the power steering hose to separate and increase steering difficulty or potentially cause a fire if steering fluid leaks onto a heat source.
The NHTSA estimates the recall affects about 57,000 Muranos produced between July 18, 2013, and Aug. 28, 2014.
Nissan first became aware of a potential defect after hearing of an overseas incident last year involving power steering hose separation. After identifying several additional incidents in overseas markets and one unconfirmed incident in the U.S., Nissan began investigating whether the issue could potentially affect vehicles sold in the U.S. It determined through parts analysis the potential for sealing clamp deterioration to cause power steering fluid leakage.
The vehicle manufacturer notified the NHTSA March 9.
Nissan will notify all owners of potentially affected vehicles within 60 days of a yet-to-be-determined date and instruct consumers to have a power steering high pressure hose kit installed free of charge to remedy the defect.