Nissan is recalling more than 50,000 of its cars worldwide, after a fault was found on the steering wheel.
The cars affected are 48,000 2012 Qashqai and Qashqai+2 models, along with 3000 2012 NV200s.
It is thought that around 7000 of the affected Qashqais are UK cars.
Nissan says the cars were built at the company’s Sunderland factory between February and May this year. The problem relates to a batch of around 600 faulty steering wheels.
The issue came to light after a driver in Finland reported the steering wheel had come off in his hands while he was parking. The driver later posted a video online showing how the incident happened.
A Nissan spokesperson said: ‘Nissan retailers will inspect the casting date of the steering wheel armature and where necessary replace the steering wheel at no cost to the customer.’
A recall letter will be sent out, but owners should contact their dealers immediately if they have any concerns over their vehicle’s steering wheel.
By Pete Barden
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