Update: Nissan, Infiniti Recall 300,000 Cars to Replace Defective Airbags
Jan. 17, 2020 – Nissan North America is recalling 307,962 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles to replace Takata front passenger airbag inflators, according to Consumer Reports. Vehicles affected by the recall include:
- 2001 to 2003 Nissan Maxima
- 2002 to 2006 Nissan Sentra
- 2002 to 2004 Nissan Pathfinder
- 2007 to 2011 Nissan Versa Sedan and Versa Hatchback
- 2001 to 2004 Infiniti I30 and I35
- 2002 to 2003 Infiniti QX4
- 2003 to 2008 Infiniti FX35 and FX45
- 2006 to 2010 Infiniti M35 and M45
These same vehicles were recalled in 2015 to be fitted with temporary replacement airbag inflators until permanent ones were available.
“Nissan Group is implementing the next phase of the Takata inflator recalls in accordance with the predetermined coordinated remedy schedule set by NHTSA,” a Nissan spokeswoman told Consumer Reports.
What’s the Problem?
The recalled airbag inflators were installed as a temporary remedy until Takata could find a permanent solution to the problem, which affected more than 50 million airbags worldwide.
The newly-recalled inflators use ammonium nitrate, the same chemical contained in the original defective inflators, which were found to misfire without warning, killing at least 25 people and injuring hundreds more. The inflators exploded when the propellant that inflates the airbags breaks down after years of exposure to inclement weather, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Takata maintains the new inflators have not been linked to any malfunctions, injuries or deaths.
The automaker is unsure how many vehicles were fitted with the newer airbag inflators, or how many were never installed. The devices were distributed to 14 automakers, including Subaru, Audi, and BMW. Some of these companies have issued their own recalls for the inflators.
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Subaru Recalls 500,000 Vehicles for Defective Takata Airbag Inflators
Jan. 10, 2020 – As part of the larger airbag recall, Subaru is recalling about 500,000 of its vehicles for defective inflators that can explode without warning, according to CNN. The Subaru recall affects the following vehicles, which are from model years 2003-2014:
- 2003-2006 Subaru Baja
- 2009-2013 Subaru Forester
- 2004-2011 Subaru Impreza
- 2003-2014 Subaru Legacy
- 2003-2014 Subaru Outback
- 2004-2014 Subaru WRX
Subaru said the driver seat front airbag is not affected by the recall in any of these vehicles; the action only applies to front passenger airbags, the automaker said.
Subaru recalled the same models in 2015 for the same reason, but the airbag inflators used to fix those defective inflators were also defective, requiring yet another fix.
Takata Airbag Recall Timeline
- May 2015 – The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) orders Takata to recall frontal driver and side passenger airbag inflators in vehicles from the following automakers: BMW, Chrysler, General Motors, Mazda, Honda, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Daimler Trucks, Nissan and Toyota. About 36 million vehicles were affected by this recall. At least 6 deaths had been linked to the problem at this point.
- January 2016 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that about 5 million vehicles were being recalled from Audi, BMW, Daimler Vans, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Saab and Volkswagen. Defect linked to 9 deaths in U.S., 10 worldwide.
- February 2016 – Takata recalls BMW Daimler Vans, Sprinter Vans (labeled Mercedes-Benz, Dodge and Freightliner), Ford, Honda (and Acura), Mazda, Mercedes-Benz and Volkswagen for defective airbag inflators.
- March 2016 – BMW announces it is unable to meet deadline to supply parts for defective airbag inflators.
- May 2016 – Takata announces a recall for an additional 35-40 million vehicles equipped with defective airbag inflators. Problem linked to 10 deaths, more than 100 injuries worldwide.
- September 2016 – 14th death linked to defective Takata airbags; U.S. Department of Justice publicly stated that Takata mishandled airbag recall issue.
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