Nissan recalls compact cars for crooked headlight

Pleasanton, CA – Aug 27, 2020 – Nissan (OTCMKTS: NSANY) has recalled 5,520 compact cars with crooked headlights that may affect the driver’s ability to avoid collisions. The recall includes 2020 Nissan Sentras.

Recall summary  

The right-side LED headlight on these 2020 Sentras is misaligned. That goes against the federal safety guidelines that require headlights to adequately light the road without blinding oncoming drivers.


Headlights that are not adjusted properly may reduce the visibility for drivers coming your way.  At the same time, lights that are too dim limit how much the person behind the wheel can see. Both create a higher risk of accidents. 

As such, out of all the fatal accidents which occur In the United States, about half happen at night. Considering that only about 25% of all driving takes place at night, this means the nighttime fatality rate is about three times as high as the daytime rate. Data also shows that the more poorly lit a road is, the more severe its accidents are.

The repair

Originally, Nissan planned to have dealers replace the faulty headlights, starting October 5.

But, on August 27, 2020 Nissan notified dealers that it was filing a petition arguing that the defect did not warrant a recall because of how minor it is. If the supervising agency National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) sides with the manufacturer, the lights would not be replaced.

Is your vehicle part of this recall?

Over 5,000 vehicles are part of this Nissan recall. To see if your car is one of them, use MotorSafety’s free vehicle lookup tool.

Rebecca RandNissan recalls compact cars for crooked headlight