Recall Alert: 1997-2003 Infiniti QX4, 1996-2004 Nissan Pathfinder

2003 Pathfinder

Nissan is recalling 195,991 SUVs sold in cold-weather states because long-term corrosion could cause the steering column to break, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

In the vehicles affected by the recall, which covers the 1997-2003 Infiniti QX4 and 1996-2004 Nissan Pathfinder, road salt may enter an assembly location hole, causing a mix of salt and water to collect at the mating surface of the strut housing panel and inner hood ledge assembly. As a result, drivers may notice grinding noises and increased steering effort. The corrosion may also cause the steering column to break, resulting in a loss of steering control and increasing the risk of a crash.

The recall affects vehicles originally sold in Connecticut, Delaware, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Washington, D.C.

Nissan will notify owners on or before May 16. Dealers will inspect the strut housing and repair the vehicle if necessary at no charge. For more info, call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or NHTSA’s vehicle safety hotline at 888-327-4236.



I lived in New York I had my 1998 Infinti QX4 for all 11 years there. It had 289k miles, and I never ran into this problem. I'm a little surprised at this recall so late in the game. This was probably the best SUV Nissan has ever built and I never had issues with mine.


i wish they still made this body style of cars. they were super reliable. we had a pathfinder and a qx4 and it NEVER needed any repairs.


I have just now started seeing some problems with steering and frontend probs. Other than that which we r fixing. This is honestly the best car I have ever owned. Its an 98 and I don't ever want t get rid of it. I can't tell everyone enough good things about this vehicle.

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