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by Tim Beissmann

More than 40,000 Nissan Navara utes have been recalled in Australia over a defect relating to the vehicles’ towbars.

Nissan has identified the attachment points on two of the Nissan Australia genuine accessory towbars fitted to Navara RX and ST-X variants can cause “excessive stress upon the chassis frame rails over time”.

“As a result, cracks can occur at the ends of the rails,” Nissan said in a statement. “In extreme cases, sections of the chassis rails around the towbar attachment points may bend when heavy load is applied.”

Nissan Australia is recalling 40,400 Nissan Navara D40 models produced in Spain between July 2005 and January 2010, including 9800 known to be fitted with the affected Nissan genuine towbars and 33,600 others potentially fitted with non-genuine parts.


Nissan says affected owners will be contacted and encouraged to arrange an inspection of their vehicle at an authorised dealership.

Vehicles fitted with one of the two affected Nissan genuine towbars will have it replaced with a new genuine towbar of revised design free of charge, with rectification work to also be completed if required.

Vehicles fitted with a non-genuine towbar will be inspected at no charge to owners but any repair or replacement to a new revised-design genuine Nissan towbar will be at cost to the owner.

Owners looking for more information are encouraged to contact the Nissan Customer Service Centre on 1800 035 035.