Nissan and Infiniti Recall More Than 300,000 Vehicles to Replace Defective Airbags

Jon Linkov

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Nissan North America is recalling 307,962 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles to replace front passenger airbag inflators. These same vehicles were part of a recall in which defective Takata airbag inflators received temporary replacements until permanent ones were available.

The recalled airbag inflators could explode if a propellant they contain degrades after long-term exposure to high humidity or extreme temperatures, according to documents released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“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 CR. She did not have any information on whether there have been any injuries or deaths related to this recall.

Vehicles Recalled
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

The problem: The airbag inflators may explode because of propellant degradation after long-term exposure to high humidity, extreme temperatures, and temperature cycling. An inflator explosion may result in sharp metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants, resulting in serious injury or death. 

The fix: Dealers will replace the front passenger airbag inflators, free of charge.

How to contact the manufacturer: Nissan will notify owners, asking them to take their vehicle(s) to an authorized dealer to have the work completed. The recall is expected to begin Feb. 10, 2020. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 888-737-9511 or Infiniti customer service at 888-810-3715.

NHTSA campaign numbers: 20V008000. Owners can look up their 17-digit vehicle identification number (VIN) or the make, model, and year of their vehicle on NHTSA’s website to find out whether their vehicle is affected by this recall.

If you plug your car’s VIN into NHTSA’s website and a recall doesn’t appear, it means your vehicle doesn’t currently have one. Because automakers issue recalls often, and for many older vehicles, we recommend checking back regularly.

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