If you're looking for a car with reliable steering to get you where you need to be, the Nissan Sentra might not be the best vehicle at the moment.

Nissan is recalling over 200,000 Sentra sedans after reports of "a tie rod in the car’s suspension that could bend or break, causing the driver to lose steering control." Multiple news outlets are reporting this massive recall including CBS News.

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The article from CBS News is reporting that 236,000 newer models of Nissan Sentra compact cars are being recalled. A notice from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explains all the details about the recall:

The recall covers certain Sentra compact cars from the 2020 through 2022 model years. The vehicles' front suspension tie rods can bend and break, which could cause drivers to lose control of the steering wheel and crash.

The model that is affected is the 2020-2021 Sentra (B18). Nissan also released a statement:

Owners that notice their steering wheel is off center or produces a vibration should immediately contact a dealer for an inspection and replacement of any potentially bent or broken tie rods. Dealers will replace both the left and right tie rods free of charge for parts and labor when a new design is available.

This is not the first time the Sentra model has been recalled. Many Nissan Sentras were recalled in 2021 for this same issue. Nissan will be mailing letters by October 5th notifying Nissan owners about this recent recall.  They will also send owners a second once the parts are available.

Any Nissan drivers in South Dakota, Iowa, and Minnesota with questions regarding the safety recall can contact Nissan Consumer Affairs at (800) 867-7669.

Dives Worth a Drive in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota

Almost every small South Dakota town has a watering hole. It’s where the locals go to kick back a few brews and engage in conversation.

Some of these establishments are located in buildings almost as old as the town itself. There might be a fresh coat of paint on the walls or new vinyl on the booth seats, but the ambiance is still reminiscent of a good ol’ dive.

If you think a "dive" is all about the sketchy clientele, the smell of the Devil’s lettuce, and stale Grain Belt, you’d be wrong. Not every dive has a bad reputation.

What makes a dive, a dive?

A dive has character. Neon beer signs and local memorabilia adorn the walls.

You might find a pool table, dart board, and a few video lottery machines.

The bartender knows the regulars by name and they know what you drink.

Some dives don't even serve food except for bags of chips and pickled eggs that sit in a jar of brine on the bar.

Dives aren't fancy. You might see 70's-style wood panels on the walls and wobbly tables leveled with a folded napkin.

Finally, the bathrooms. The bathrooms in dives are in a class by themselves and could be a whole topic on its own. 

There are several small-town dives in our area with friendly faces, cheap booze with a burn, and even really good food! We use the term "dive" in the most affectionate way.

Here are some of the best and why you should go there.

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