NISSAN is recalling more than 130,000 Sunderland-built Micras amid safety fears over a problem with bolt which attaches the steering wheel.
The company will begin writing to owners next month, inviting them to bring their vehicles in to have bolts tightened to the correct torque.
In the UK, the recall affects 133,869 Nissan Micras made between December 2002 and May 2006. The repair will take around 30 minutes.
A spokesman said the firm was not aware of any accidents or injuries as a result of the problem and there was no risk of the bolt failing without warning.
“Nissan is writing to owners of its Micra models built between December 2, 2002, and May 12, 2006, asking them to take their car to a Nissan dealer for a free check to ensure the steering wheel securing bolt is tightened sufficiently,” he 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.
“The check will take less than 15 minutes at a dealer.”