updated 4/4/2006 11:15:55 AM ET 2006-04-04T15:15:55

Nissan North American Inc. said Tuesday that it was recalling about 44,000 Frontier pickup trucks because a severe side crash could lead the fuel cap to unscrew and fuel to spill.

The recall affects 2005 and 2006 models of the Frontier King Cab pickup. There have been no crashes, injuries or fires linked to the potential problem, the automaker said.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a severe side-impact crash, the fuel filler cap tether could be stretched and lead to the cap unscrewing. Without the cap, fuel could spill and potentially lead to a fire.

The recall is expected to begin in mid-April. Nissan said it would notify owners and ask them to bring the vehicles to a Nissan dealer for repair. Dealers will replace the fuel cap tether and pin assembly at no cost to the owner.

About 2,000 of the recalled vehicles are located in Canada and Mexico, the automaker said.

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