Nissan is recalling 2.14 million vehicles in the US, Japan, Europe and Asia, including the popular Micra model, for an ignition problem that may stall the engine.
No accidents have been reported that are suspected of being related to the defect, according to Yokohama-based Nissan.
A problem was found in an ignition-system relay for vehicles produced between 2003 and 2006, including small cars such as the Micra, Cube and Note, and about a dozen other models, such as the Tiida saloon, Titan pick-up and Infiniti QX56 luxury model.
In extreme cases, the engine will stall and will not be able to start, said Nissan spokesman Mitsuru Yonekawa.
Of the recalled vehicles, nearly 835,000 were produced in Japan, 762,000 in North America, and 354,000 in Europe.
Nissan, which is allied with Renault, did not disclose a cost for the recall.