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Fuel leaks during rear-end collision tests


Nissan is recalling 46,000 of its Cube hatchbacks because of possible problems with fuel spilling during rear-end collisions.

In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan said Monday that tests conducted by NHTSA regulators found more fuel spilled than federal standards allow. The spillage occurred during rear-end crash tests in which the vehicle also spun around.

Nissan said its own earlier tests did not show any fuel leakage, but it will issue a voluntary recall. It notified dealers last week and will contact owners on Aug. 30. Dealers will attach a special protector to prevent leaks.

The recall covers 2009 and 2010 model-year Cubes made between Jan. 30, 2009 and July 30.

A sporty four-door aimed at urban drivers, the boxy Cube was introduced in Asia before being sold in the U.S. last year. U.S. buyers have snapped up 15,530 through June this year, a 300% increase over the same period a year earlier.

Toyota reported a similar problem last month from NHTSA tests of a Lexus hybrid. The automaker also did not find problems in its own tests, but issued a recall anyway.



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Nissan Recalling 46,000 Cube After Fuel Spill in NHTSA Crash Tests

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Nissan Cube seems to be facing a similar problem with the Lexus HS 250h hybrid sedan that was recalled last month because of excess fuel leakage during government rear-impact crash tests.

In documents filed on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) website, the safety agency noted: "When the vehicle was rotated following a rear moving barrier crash test as required, the amount of fuel leakage exceeded the allowable limits."

The Japanese automaker said its own tests had not result in any fuel leakage, but it will issue a voluntary recall of 46,000 U.S. market Cube vehicles built from January 30, 2009 through July 30, 2010.

Nissan says its earlier tests did not show any fuel leakage, but it will issue a voluntary recall of 5,400 vehicles in Canada and 45,700 in the U.S.

"Dealers will develop a special protector and attach it to the gasoline recirculation tube at the location of the filler neck connector. This service will be performed free of charge," Nissan said in a statement to the NHTSA's website.

The safety recall is expected to begin on or before August 30, 2010. Owners of the recalled Cube models may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 for more information.



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