Strut Housing Corrosion Leads to Nissan Pathfinder, Infinite QX4 Recalls

By Automotive Staff | April 27, 2011
Owners of model year 1996-2004 Nissan Pathfinder and 1997-2003 Infiniti QX4 SUVs should be expecting a letter from their dealerships or Nissan/Infiniti next month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that road salt and melted snow can build in the strut housing causing it to corrode and possibly crack. This can result in grinding noises, increased steering effort, and even the loss of steering. About 225,650 Pathfinders from model years 1996-2004 and about 45,330 Infiniti QX4 SUVs from model years 1997 to 2003 are affected in the U.S. and Canada. A notification letter will be sent to customers affected by the recall on or before May 16, 2011, or owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. Nissan will inspect the strut housing and repair the problem free of charge.
via NHTSA courtesy of Motor Trend Staff

Nissan Pathfinders and their rebadged Infiniti QX4s both SUVs have almost similar external appearance, sophisticated 4-wheel-drive system and mechanical specifications. Previously this problem was not known...however Nissan recalled these vehicles for good. These vehicles have the corrosion problems and steering issues. Both vehicles contain a hole in the upper strut housing panel that allows corrosion salts to enter and it damages the steering column which may result in some crash.