Nissan Scraps 50 LEAFs, Sends Some To Crusher

JUL 29 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 12

Remember that recall affecting approximately 8 weeks of LEAF production in which the possibility of missing welds would lead to Nissan replacing the LEAF free of charge?

Well, Consumer Reports has an update on the status of that recall.

According to Consumer Reports, some 50 or so LEAFs affected by the missing welds never got out of the factory.  Those vehicles were scrapped after failing inspection and before appearing in the wild.

Additionally, some affected LEAFs have been brought in to dealerships and have been replaced free of charge.  Those affected LEAFs are reportedly being sent straight to the crusher, which makes sense to us since the vehicle’s structural integrity (and crash safety) is directly affected by the missing wleds.

Consumer Reports adds:

“If you have a Nissan Leaf built between Feb. 28, and March 12, 2014, you should check with your dealer ASAP and see if it’s part of the recall. If it is, take it in as soon as possible to be inspected.”

2014 Nissan LEAF Dealer Inspection/Repair Instructions

2014 Nissan LEAF Dealer Inspection/Repair Instructions

Source: Consumer Reports

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12 Comments on "Nissan Scraps 50 LEAFs, Sends Some To Crusher"

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Martin Tesar

I applaud Nissan for doing the correct & right thing.

Congratulations to Nissan!, shame other manufactures aren’t as dedicated to quality and their reputation.

Anon

Much more ethically responsible than GM…

Sparklee

Presumably they are being crushed after having their batteries removed. Are those going to be reused?

Surya

They’d be mad not to. They’re too valuable and they shouldn’t be affected by the issue.

pjwood

The right thing would have been to weld them up, but we live in the world we do.

Spec9

Well, you might not be able to do those particular welds after it has been assembled.

Alonso Perez

No, the visible missing welds are themselves not the problem. They indicate a whole sequence of welds is missing. Those are just the easy to see ones for inspection.

Other missing welds are probably hidden and would require opening up the structure. It would be hard to do correctly, would require repainting, etc. You could not sell that as a new car.

I do hope, as others have indicated, that they took the trouble to remove valuable parts such as the battery, inverter, wheels, etc. Certainly from the ones caught on the assembly line, and crushed only the bodies. This is just common sense and not that much labor, but you never know.

Brian Henderson

The spots can’t be welded to the same engineering specs.

Welding is done prior to priming and painting. There is no economical way to dis-assemble to verify two sheets metal are still clean, or to remove paint that may have flowed over the bonding region.

David Murray

Seems silly to crush them. I bet somebody could get in there are weld those sections and keep the cars on the road.

Anthony Fiti

Calling it now, some crazy website is going to have a deliberately misleading article about EVs getting crushed.

That said it is only the chassis getting crushed, likely everything else (from car seats, electronics, to the battery pack) can be refurbished and used for parts.

Spec9

I presume they stripped them first (or at least took the battery out).

voltowner

What a shame! Those 50 Leafs would have been so very welcome and important donated to automotive high school and college educational programs across the country to train students on EV’s.