Nissan recalls 130,000 vehicles for ignition key defect

Nissan Motor Co. is recalling 130,000 vehicles — including 80,000 in North America — that may have an ignition key defect, the Tokyo-based company announced Thursday.

About 70,000 Murano sport utility vehicles, manufactured between summer 2004 and July 2006, will be recalled in North America, along with 300 in Taiwan and 800 in Singapore, for possible repairs. Another 10,000 Maxima sedans sold in North America are included in the recall.

The automaker is also recalling 51,000 X-Trail and Murano SUVs in Japan. The vehicles were produced between August 2004 and July 2006.

Only cars with "intelligent keys" are included in the recall. The company announced that the lock device of the ignition key does not lock properly in some vehicles, preventing drivers from shutting off the engine.

There have been no reports of injuries.