Nissan is recalling more than 236,000 cars to fix the problem of loss of steering control

Nissan is recalling more than 236,000 small cars in the U.S. because tie rods in the front suspension can bend and break, causing drivers to lose steering control.

DETROIT — Nissan is recalling 236,000 small cars in the United States because tie rods in the front suspension can bend and break, causing drivers to lose steering control.

The recall covers certain Sentra compact cars 2020 through 2022 model years. Tie rods help the vehicles steer wheels to move.

Nissan says in documents released Saturday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that if the tie rods bend, they can break and affect the steering, increasing the risk of a crash.

Owners should contact dealers if their steering wheel is off center or feels vibration. First, dealers will inspect and replace bent or broken tie rods. Once a new design is available, they will replace the left and right tie rods at no cost to owners.

Letters informing owners Oct. 5 will be dispatched. A second letter will be sent once parts are available.

Several of the same vehicles were recalled in 2021 to fix the same problem, the documents state. Cars repaired under the previous recall should receive new tie rods when ready.

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