Nissan recalls vehicles over loose steering wheel

  • Nissan has recalled 51,000 vehicles after a steering wheel came loose from a new SUV while driving.

    Nissan announced on Thursday it had identified the defect after a Finnish cameraman reported that the steering wheel of his new Qashqai seven-seater had come off in his hands.

    Cameraman Kari Alentola is employed by Finnish public broadcaster Yle, which showed footage of the detached steering wheel.

    "Kari Alentola was headed to a regular assignment for Yle on Thursday when the steering wheel of the new Nissan Qashqai+2, a car with only 500 kilometers on the clock, came off in his hands," the broadcaster said on its website.

    The defect affects certain batches of steering wheels in Qashqai SUVs and NV200 vans assembled earlier this year for sale in most major markets except North America.

    The recall covers Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Australasia.