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Nissan to recall SUVs, few Taiwan models affected


Nissan Motor Corp announced yesterday that it will recall 466,000 of its sports utility vehicles around the world to fix a defective fuel pipe at risk of leaking.

Yulon Nissan Motor Co (裕隆日產), which distributes the X-Trail SUVs in Taiwan, said it is looking into the matter.

Nissan said that due to an inappropriate coating, the X-Trail fuel inlet pipe could rust out and leak.

The recall affects mostly 2000 to 2004 models, it said.

Japan's second-largest automaker said it has received 49 reports on the defective pipe but had not heard of any injuries.

Yulon, Taiwan's third-largest automobile vendor, said the company so far has not received complaints from local consumers.

"There are only a few models with certain specifications affected, and we are still waiting to confirm details from our Japanese partner," spokesman Jack Wu (吳新發) told the Taipei Times in a phone interview.

Buyers can be assured of receiving proper information as there is a standard recall procedure to follow, Wu said.

Yulon Nissan started to introduce X-Trails to the local market in early 2003, and has sold around 44,000 units so far, according to the company.

Of the 466,000 units, Nissan will recall 177,000 X-Trails sold in Europe, 142,000 in Japan and the rest in other countries.

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