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Nissan recalls trucks for labeling error

April 24, 2012

Some 2012 Titan pickup trucks have improper seating capacity labels that could increase the risk of a crash.

Nissan Motor Co. is recalling certain Titan pickup trucks from the 2012 model year because they have improper seating-capacity labels that could lead owners to overload the vehicles and increase the risk of a crash, the Wall Street Journal has reported. The recall reflects tight safety regulations in the auto industry and the fact that manufacturers cannot depend on the common sense of drivers to insure vehicles are operated in a safe manner.

In a document filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan said 918 Titan Trucks built from June 10 through July 22, 2011 and equipped with the “sports appearance package” have incorrect seating capacity information displayed on the tire placard. As a result they are in violation of federal motor vehicle safety rules. The car maker said the placard indicates the trucks have seats for six poeple when in fact they are designed to carry five.

Under the recall Nissan will send owners a new label with instructions on how to install it. Owners  an also take their trucks to the dealer for installation free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on or about May 14.