Nissan Engineers Blame Jewelry for Product Defects

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  1. TriShield

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    Watches, rings mar paint, automaker says

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    August 13, 2004
    BY LYNDA EDWARDS
    ASSOCIATED PRESS

    JACKSON, Miss. -- Blame it on the jewels.

    Puzzled Nissan Motor Co. engineers inspecting the company's $1.4-billion Mississippi plant traced paint flaws and scratches to the watches, wedding rings, belt buckles and bracelets that assembly workers wore on the job.

    In June, Nissan dispatched 200 mechanical, structural, electrical, chemical and materials engineers from Tokyo headquarters after a J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study published consumer complaints about Nissan vehicles built in the United States. The study questioned 51,000 consumers who bought or leased 2004-model trucks and cars.

    Consumer gripes about vehicles made at the Canton, Miss., factory included wind noise, vibrating brake pedals and paint blemishes.

    The plant, which opened in May 2003, produces the Altima sedan, the Quest minivan, the Armada sport-utility vehicle and the Titan truck for Nissan and the QX56 SUV for Infiniti. Nissan also makes Altimas at a Smyrna, Tenn., plant.

    "The engineers walked the Canton assembly line, watched workers getting in and out of cars, studied their movements," Nissan spokesman Tom Groom said. "Wet paint can be mutilated very easily so the engineers walked the whole assembly line then focused on the area where the paint is still wet."

    That's when the engineers spotted jewelry inflicting scratches and paint smears. He said workers have been ordered to remove their jewelry and metal accessories before taking their places on the assembly line.

    Problems at the plant have had no apparent impact on Nissan's U.S. sales. In July, Nissan reported its best-ever month in the United States, building on the launch of the many light-truck models out of the Mississippi plant.

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    Do belt buckles and rings also cause vibrating brake pedals and wind noise?
     
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    My buddy's Titan had a huge scratch on the plastic that surrounds the HVAC controls, but Nissan is replacing it for free. Hopefuly the dealer will install it more carefully than the factory did. :o
     
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    this has got to be the most retarded fucking news article i've ever read
     
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    i would have thought that a plant would not allow jewlery anyways :confused:
     
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    I have been in a couple GM plants and they all require that jewelry be removed and belt buckles be covered.
     
  9. Sonic

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    Now to get a supplier that can provide better looking plastics for the same price.:o
     
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    Now THAT is what I call "Quality Control!"
     
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    ya a buddy of mine is a line supervisor at one of the gm plants, and they give him this cloth velcro cover that goes over his watch and belt buckle..
     
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    Nissan God blames TriShield for this repost.
     
  14. autoracer1

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    Too bad they couldnt make the titan, armada and quest sell up here :rofl:

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    no shit, they simply dont even exist on our roads
     

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