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809,000 Nissan Rogue SUVs Recalled for Bad Keys That Could Turn Off Car While Driving

The jackknife keys can fold shut and slip out of the ignition cylinder while the car is driving.
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Nearly 1 million 2014-2020 Nissan Rogues and 2017-2022 Rogue Sport crossovers will be recalled for collapsing ignition keys that could shut off those vehicles while driving. The jackknife-style keys could reportedly unfold themselves while driving in certain situations, which pulls them out of the ignition slot and turns off the vehicle. Nissan says it’s unaware of any injuries related to the issue.

More than 710,000 of the affected vehicles are in the United States, while 96,900 units are in Canada. Letters to owners notifying them of a remedy for the issue will be mailed on March 17, however, potentially affected vehicles can also be checked for open recalls on the NHTSA’s website by entering their VIN.

Nissan is telling owners to avoid attaching anything to the key in the meantime. More weight on the key could apparently make it easier for it to slip out of the slot, which may turn the vehicle off. Nissan said it would begin notifying affected owners next month to bring their cars into a dealer where their keys will be fixed for free. Dealers are reportedly instructed to insert a set screw into the keyfob to keep the key open at all times.

The recall is reminiscent of General Motors’ massive 2014 ignition recall that affected nearly 30 million vehicles worldwide. That issue caused 124 deaths and cost the automaker nearly $1 billion in penalties and settlements.

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