Consumer Reports: Nissan Recalls Versas and Titans

Consumer Reports released details of a recall affecting specific Nissan Titans, Titan XDs, and Versas. The recall addresses an issue with the lightbulb in the front turn signals of included vehicles. After years of low Titan sales, this recall could affect most, or all of the Titans sold in 2020 and 2021. 

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Pickup truck sales are rock solid. Among the segment, there is one truck that hasn’t caught on with buyers. In 2019, the Nissan Titan experienced its worst year in sales. In 2020 sales were down 24%, whereas more popular models were down around 10% on average.

The Titan’s biggest downfall is that it’s a truck in limbo. It’s more rugged than the average light-duty but lacks the power and features of heavy-duty trucks. Its most rugged configuration can only tow 11,040 pounds.

Consumer Reports gave the Titan low-reliability scores, and low predicted owner satisfaction. This thirsty truck fails to impress with its low fuel economy. It’s currently the subject of two active recalls.

The Titan and its sibling could have faulty blinker bulbs

Not every part is made in-house. Nissan partners with manufacturers to source some components for its vehicles. This is the case with the lightbulbs at the heart of this recall. Consumer Reports details the issue and how Nissan plans to resolve it.

Some 2021 and 2020 Nissan Versas, Titans, and Titan XD were built with possibly defective bulbs in their front turn signals. The bulbs can develop cracks due to vibration and changes in temperature. 

Nissan will begin contacting the 30,799 affected owners in August. Owners can search their VIN on the manufacturer’s website should they suspect it may be an affected unit. Buyers can reach Nissan at 800-867-7669 and reference recall numbers PM986 and PC811.

Nissan will replace affected bulbs free of charge. Owners must bring their vehicle to a licensed Nissan dealership for repair. The light bulb manufacturer has corrected the issue in their production.

Nissan’s Versa is an overlooked daily driver

The 2021 Nissan Versa is a budget-friendly sedan that’s both practical and comfortable. After thorough testing, it was not a top safety pick with the NHTSA or IIHS, but it does have a wide array of optional safety features. The Nissan Versa has more available driver assists than its competitors. 

The Versa is a practical choice. It has ample trunk space and interior organization. It also gets excellent fuel economy with an EPA estimated 32 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.

The 2021 year model saw an upgrade to its interior. Upgraded materials add to the comfortable feel. High-tech features give this sedan a more expensive feel. Three USB ports, optional voice commands, and an optional digital instrument cluster add to the Versa’s appeal. 

The most recall affecting the Versa and its pickup siblings Titan, and Titan XD should be quick and easy for owners to resolve. Nissan will begin contacting affected owners in August. Drivers of affected vehicles will be able to get their turn signal bulbs replaced free of charge at a licensed Nissan dealership.

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