Nissan has recalled 1,100 cars in Ireland over safety concerns involving the steering system on its Qashqai model.

Nissan Motor Co is recalling 51,000 cars to investigate a reported steering wheel problem.

The recall affects Nissan's Qashqai, Qashqai+2 and Nissan NV200 models.

Nissan Ireland told RTÉ News that it would be contacting 1,145 owners to ask them to have their steering columns checked at their dealership.

Finnish national broadcaster YLE reported this month that the steering wheel of a Qashqai+2 in Finland became loose.

A Nissan official was quoted in the report as saying that about 600 out of all the recalled cars were likely to require a new steering wheel.