Broken Hitch Receiver - 2010 Nissan where are the Recalls?




    colochoclab

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    A little surprising news from my friends over at clubtitan.org (Thanks to "nascarjody" for his pics and info)

    It appears that Nissan changed the general design of their receiver hitch in late 2009, and some problems with welds cracking are starting to appear. From his observations, it is side-to-side stress on the receiver that is cracking the welds. from what I understand, he tows a small TT, I will get weights and stuff when I can. He has notifed Nissan of the problem and they are working with him on it.

    Bear in mind, there have been NO reported failures so far and that this involves model year 2010 Titans. The hitch on model years 2004-2009 are of a different design. (mine included. No cracks!)

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    Posted: 09/30/10 03:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

    IMHO, that's a poor design anyway.... FWIW, he just got a new TT and it's not small like his other one was...


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    Posted: 09/30/10 05:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

    PopsRacer wrote:

    IMHO, that's a poor design anyway.... FWIW, he just got a new TT and it's not small like his other one was...


    I agree. I saw his new TT! It's a big one! At least he got the EQ hitch!

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    Posted: 09/30/10 05:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

    It's easy to tell from your pics the older hitches look like a better design. The newest Titan hitches resemble those GM hitches that have had some troubles as well.


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    Posted: 09/30/10 07:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

    I knew this would happen. Poor, poor choice by Nissan, and it did not make any sense to me why they switched. The old hitch is great, and it is still going on Armadas. Why develop a Titan only hitch? Boneheads...hope they ditch this new hitch after a few complaints hit the web/dealerships.


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    Posted: 09/30/10 07:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

    PopsRacer wrote:

    IMHO, that's a poor design anyway....
    I agree it's a poor design. With the brackets straight up, no strength there for side-side stress, only vertical. Compared to the previous design I can fully understand why it has a problem, regardless of weight applied. Hopefully this issue will be resolved by the manufacturer before a more serious problem arises from the issue. Good thing somebody checks their hitch mounts on occassion.



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    Posted: 09/30/10 08:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

    Poor joint design and poor manufacturing quality as well. Not nearly enough weld holding it together. Those short beads are too small for the stresses involved. They don't even run the weld for the full length of the joint. Plates welded on only one side. There's a crater in the end of one of the vertical welds. The end welds are just tacks, not properly filled fillets. This is really a pathetic hitch from start to finish. Contrast to the older hitch which is obviously a much better design.


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    Posted: 10/01/10 09:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

    ch47d99 wrote:

    I knew this would happen. Poor, poor choice by Nissan, and it did not make any sense to me why they switched. The old hitch is great, and it is still going on Armadas. Why develop a Titan only hitch? Boneheads...hope they ditch this new hitch after a few complaints hit the web/dealerships.


    They changed the bumpers on the 2010 Titans... The rear bumper is different so the old hitch won't fit. The front bumper requires a couple extra support brackets welded to the frame that has caused aftermarket bullbars and the Curt Front Hitch to not fit on...

    It doesn't make sense to me why more Auto Mfgs don't work with aftermarket support... I mean, I realize that they want us to buy only OEM accessories, but there's still alot of vehicle enthusiasts seeking vehicles with heavy aftermarket support and some basing their purchasing decisions on it.... How many people bought a Powerstroke partially because of the ease of modding and tuning for much better gains?? Shying away from that "asset" just seems foolish IMHO.




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    Posted: 10/01/10 10:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

    A really poor design that was destin to fail when worked hard. Plus the welding looks like a bunch od students were trying to pass a welding test.

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    Posted: 10/01/10 07:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

    I was not aware of the bumper change. That begs the question of why change the bumper? It is not like the truck itself has changed much so why make a change that causes such issues.



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    Posted: 10/01/10 08:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

    Reminds me of the previous gen GM hitches that had a similar failure.


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    Posted: 10/06/10 01:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

    Ok here is the update. we got the new hitch in today & one of my techs was nice enought to switch bumper brackets & hitches with me. I notified nissan with the pics & they called for the old hitch back today. They will start the investigation as soon as they receive the hitch & see if the need to do a recall. It looks like it was just a bad weld but I dont trust the hitch any more so I switched. I just hope there are not more of them out there like that.
    Yes I did get a bigger trailer with a 800LB tounge weight & 8000lb dry weight but the hitch is rated for 1000/10,000. we do not pack the camper heavy because it is just me & my wife. We dont need much. I have wieghed the camper loaded like we would camp & it is under the max for the truck. I did get a equilizer W/D hitch & did alot of talking with pops to get it set up correctly.
    Nissan is supposed to keep in contact with me to let me know what they find.
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    Posted: 10/06/10 05:24pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

    It boggles my mind how any manufacturer can screw up a hitch.

    I mean, come on, it's a few pieces of metal welded together.
    It's not like it has a whole lot of technology to fail or a new product.

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    Posted: 10/06/10 06:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

    My 2006 hitch, the earlier design, is rock solid after 27,000+ miles towing.


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    Posted: 10/07/10 08:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

    Learjet wrote:

    My 2006 hitch, the earlier design, is rock solid after 27,000+ miles towing.



    That is why I switched back to the old style hitch.




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    Posted: 10/08/10 01:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

    I thought the GM hitch on my truck was cheaply made. That looksa like it is very poorly constructed.


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    Posted: 10/08/10 08:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

    That's the same design as the hitched that GM was having the problems with that u-shaped bracket on top of the receiver tube and that flat plate on an angle. He should swap that out for an aftermarket receiver hats made right.

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