2014 Nissan LEAF Recall: Yes, You’ll Get a New Car
Because "Any vehicle missing welds will be replaced" in fact means that you're getting a new car. NHTSA means what NHTSA says.
If an automaker told you that their vehicles had a defect so difficult to fix that they had no choice but to replace the entire car, their stock would probably drop faster than the new Jack White album. Nissan, however, isn’t worried too much about their latest recall, wherein 211 LEAFs are being called in for missing welds that could compromise structural integrity, despite the fact that 1) the number has now increased to 276 vehicles and 2) the only way to fix the problem is to replace the LEAF entirely.
Documents obtained by Inside EVs, however, indicate that Nissan anticipates that a mere 0.65 percent of the vehicles recalled will actually be missing the welds. Even with the number of units recalled ramped up to 276, we’re talking about roughly two cars in the bunch, which isn’t quite cause for panic by any stretch.
At least the 2014 Nissan LEAF recall has nothing to do with…ya know…people dying. Which, given the current state of affairs in the automotive industry, means that this particular issue is, like, the 96th worst recall of the year. Full disclosure: the first 26 spots are taken up by dried blood smeared into the letters “GM.”
In speaking to Nissan Senior Manager of Corporate Communications Brian Brockman, AutoBlog Green confirms that, yes, the affected LEAFs will be replaced entirely if they are found to be missing the welds. Free cars, (two of) y’all!