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Nissan has started scanning vehicles made in Japan for traces of radioactive material, a company official said Friday.
"Looking ahead, we will continue to implement all appropriate measures to reassure the public that all products from our company remain within globally accepted safety standards and until we are confident that any risk of contamination is completely removed," said Simon Sproule, corporate vice president of marketing for Nissan Motor Company.
Sproule said the monitoring began this week.
Nissan North America announced a recall on Thursday of 747,000 trucks and SUVs in the U.S. because of the risk of failure to the electrical systems.
Nissan said the recall extends to Nissan Armadas and Titans from 2004 to 2006, Infiniti QX56s from 2005 and 2006, as well as Nissan Frontiers, Pathfinders and Xterras from August 2003 and June 2006.
Nissan is recalling more than 2.1 million vehicles worldwide over engine problems, the automaker said Thursday.
The Japanese automaker said the problem may cause the engine to stall. In extreme cases, a stalled engine cannot be restarted.
Nissan’s hardworking body-on-frame SUVs and trucks continue to strike a powerful chord with U.S. customers, with three of the most popular being the Nissan Pathfinder and Nissan Xterra sport utilities and the Nissan Frontier small pickup: Through August of this year, these vehicles have seen sales surge 22.3 percent, 40.4 percent and 37.8 percent, respectively. And now, with the 2011 versions available, it looks like this tough trio is ready to haul away even more buyers in the new model year.
For the 2011 model year, the adventure-ready Nissan Xterra offers a simplified model lineup. The previous Off-Road model has been renamed Xterra PRO-4X and the Xterra SE model is no longer available – leaving three 2011 Xterra models: Xterra X, Xterra S and Xterra PRO-4X. The X and S models are available in 4x2 or part-time 4-wheel drive. PRO-4X has standard part-time 4-wheel drive. The S and PRO-4X models have a choice of 6-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmissions.