Oh, Snap: Versa Coil Springs Recalled

This image from Reddit[1] shows how much damagae can occur

It took lots of time, owner complaints and a federal investigation, but the defective coil springs in 218,000 Nissan Versa cars have finally been recalled.

The front suspension coil springs were not properly protected from the hazards of road salt and known to snap without warning. When that happened, the springs would sometimes take the tires and brake lines down with them. Owners reported driving down the highway and having their tires go from 32-PSI, to 0-OMG is no seconds flat.

Here’s a look at how we got to the recall.

Federal Investigation →

May 18, 2015: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened an investigation into the 2008–2010 model years after receiving 93 complaints about busted coil springs. Nissan insisted the springs were not an “unreasonable safety risk.” Try telling that to these owners:

“[One owner said their] passenger-side coil spring fractured while traveling at 65 mph and caused a sudden tire failure by cutting the inner sidewall 360 degrees. Another Versa owner said the passenger-side coil spring fractured while traveling 40 mph and resulted in a tire puncture and brake line failure.”

Class Action Lawsuit →

May 31, 2015: A class-action lawsuit was filed against Nissan for not covering the repair costs on this well known issue, both in and out of warranty. Oh, and probably a little bit for being so brazen by saying that busted coil springs aren’t a big deal:

“The lawsuit alleges that Nissan should have known about the defective suspension since at least 2007. The alleged defect can cause shuddering, popping and bumping sensations when the steering wheel is turned or when driving over uneven surfaces. The plaintiff claims the front coil springs can completely break and cause a loss of vehicle control.”

The Recall →

October 2, 2015: Nissan finally caved by admitting the supplier added an “insufficient anti-corrosion coating” to protect the springs from road salt. The recall is for 218,000 cars initially sold or currently registered in the salt belt states.

It’s likely you’ve already received your recall notice by now. If you haven’t either your car either wasn’t included in the recall, or Nissan doesn’t have your correct contact information. You can see the full details about the recall, including the build dates of the affected cars, on our site.

The Affected Cars

While the investigation only focused on the 2008-2010 model years, Nissan's recall was more comprehensive, covering 2007, 2011, and 2012 as well.

Model Generation Worst Years
Versa 1 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011,
  2 2012

Actions You Can Take

This step is crucial, don't just complain on forums! The sites below will actively manage your complaints and turn them into useful statistics. Both CarComplaints.com and the CAS will report dangerous trends to the authorities and are often called upon by law firms for help with Class Action lawsuits. Make sure to file your complaint on all three sites, we can't stress that enough.

  1. Step 1: File Your Complaint at CarComplaints.com

    CarComplaints.com is a free site dedicated to uncovering problem trends and informing owners about potential issues with their cars. Major class action law firms use this data when researching cases. Add a Complaint

  2. Step 2: Notify the Center for Auto Safety

    The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is a pro-consumer organization that researches auto safety issues & often compels the US government to do the right thing through lobbying & lawsuits. Notify the CAS

  3. Step 3: Report a Safety Concern to NHTSA

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the US agency with the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations & force recalls. Their focus is on safety-related issues. Report to NHTSA

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