4 Mar 2010

Nissan latest to issue worldwide vehicle recall

10:44 am on 4 March 2010

Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor is recalling nearly 540,000 vehicles worldwide, most of them in the United States, due to brake pedal defects and faulty fuel gauges.

Nissan says it will inspect and if necessary repair brake pedal pins and fuel-gauge components on certain trucks and minivans.

It says no accidents or injuries have been reported with these issues.

Nissan says none have been sold New Zealand.

General Motors is recalling 1.3 million of its cars in North America because of a power steering problem that has been linked to 14 crashes.

The American company says the fault affects four models - the Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5, Pontiac Pursuit and Pontiac 4.

It says the problem could make steering at slow speed more difficult, but that the cars could still be "safely controlled".

GM blamed the fault on a supplier partially owned by Toyota, the BBC reports.

Toyota has recalled 8.5 million vehicles worldwide in recent months for acceleration and braking problems.

Meanwhile, General Motors says it will triple the amount of funding it is putting into the restructuring its European operations to $US2.6 billion in loans and equity.

GM estimates it needs another $US2 billion in support from European governments to turn the business around.