Japan’s number two carmaker Nissan on Thursday said it would recall some 841,000 compact cars worldwide due to a steering wheel problem.

The recall will cover Micra, known as March in some markets, and Cube models produced in Japan and Britain between 2002 and 2006, a spokeswoman said. Nissan sold the cars — 763,000 units of Micra and 78,000 of Cube — in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, but has not received any accident reports related to the glitch, the spokeswoman said.

“A bolt in the steering wheel system may not be fastened appropriately, and in the worst-case scenario, the cars can’t be driven properly,’’ she said. “We will fix the problem free of charge in accordance with regulations in each country.’’ — AFP