Nissan is to recall 841,000 cars globally due to faulty steering wheel fitment.
?The recall affects 133,869 UK examples of the Micra supermini, built between 2002-2006 at the company’s plant in Sunderland.
The fault has been located to a bolt in the steering wheel, meaning it is not screwed on properly. However, Nissan has assured that there is no risk of the steering wheel suddenly falling off when driving.
Nissan will be writing to owners of affected cars, inviting them for a free check to ensure the bolt is secure.
In a statement, Nissan said: "In some cases, the steering wheel securing nut has gradually become loose.
"This would soon become apparent to the driver and there is no risk of a sudden failure, but if left unchecked this could eventually lead to the steering column being damaged."
Owners are advised to bring their cars back to dealers, particularly if they have noticed the steering wheel getting loose. Work to fix the problem should take no longer than 15 minutes, according to Nissan, and will involve replacing the steering wheel or simply tightening the affected bolt.
The recall also affects Nissan Cube models built between the same period, though these were never officially available in the UK.
?It is an embarrassing situation for Nissan, which has built an enviable reputation for reliability. However, this is not the first recall to affect the marque this year. Just weeks ago a fault passenger airbag saw the recall of half a million cars globally.