Product Liability

Takata airbag recall to expand by 4.4 million vehicles; 402K also added by Nissan

Takata airbag image source alexauto321 wikicommons Takata airbag recall to expand by 4.4 million vehicles; 402K also added by NissanThe Takata airbag recall continues to rocket through this year with approximately 4.4 million U.S. vehicles to be added by seven different automakers, as well another 402K vehicles added separately by Nissan. Defective Takata airbags have been named responsible for the deaths of 10 people in the U.S. and 11 worldwide.

“These vehicles are equipped with certain airbag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal airbag modules and used as original equipment or replacement equipment,” the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in its Takata airbag recall summary. “These inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling. An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants, resulting in serious injury or death.”

The additional 402K vehicles compromised in Nissan’s most recent Takata airbag recall include the following:

  • 2005-’08 Infiniti FX35
  • 2005-’08 Infiniti FX45
  • 2003-’04 Infiniti I30
  • 2003-’04 Infiniti I35
  • 2006-’10 Infiniti M35
  • 2006-’10 Infiniti M45
  • 2007-’11 Nissan Versa

There are “no known incidents” of the aforementioned vehicles’ Takata airbags causing crashes, injuries, or deaths at this time, Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger told Edmunds.

According to NHTSA documents General Motors (GM), Volkswagen, Ford, Daimler Vans, BMW, Jaguar-Land Rover and Mercedes-Benz all make up the additional 4.4 million to be recalled. GM makes up a majority of the recall with another 1.9 million pickups and large SUVs named to feature the defective airbag inflators.

Due to the lack of replacement parts, the recalls will take place over the course of the next three years. Since it has been discovered that areas of high heat and humidity place the defective inflators at greater risk of rupturing, those vehicles will be recalled first.

Nissan and Infiniti dealers are also dealing with a lack of repair parts, so owners of the recalled vehicles can expect to be notified of the recall by the end of July. A second notification will be mailed when the repair parts are available.

Sources:
Edmunds
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