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Nissan Recalls More Vehicles After Woman Injured by Exploding Air Bag


Nissan is recalling more vehicles because of potential Takata air bag problems.

The company made the announcement following a recent accident in which a woman was injured by a Takata airbag in a Nissan vehicle not previously covered by air bag recalls.

Vehicles Affected by Nissan’s New Recall

According to CBS News, Sabra Wilson was driving her 2006 Nissan Sentra when she got into a car accident. Her Takata air bag exploded, causing her to suffer cut and burn injuries as well as hearing problems. Her vehicle was not part of any of Nissan’s previous recalls.

Because of Wilson’s injuries, Nissan announced another recall expansion, to include about 53,000 small cars, but only in high-humidity states like Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Hawaii, and Texas, as well as Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipaon and American Samoa. Vehicles affected include:

• Pathfinder (2003-04)
• Sentra (2004-06)
• Infiniti FX35 and FX45 (2003-05)
• Infiniti I35 (2003-04)
• Infiniti M35 and M45 (2006)

Nissan plans to notify consumers of the recall within 60 days, and has stated that it will replace the air bags without charge.

Considering this recent issue, experts continue to question whether other vehicles with Takata air bags should also be recalled. Meanwhile, Takata and automakers continue to struggle to meet current repair requirements, with estimates ranging from six months to two years before most vehicles are fixed.

The Issue of High Humidity in Takata Air Bag Recalls

The issue of “high humidity” has been a key part of the debate between air bag manufacturer Takata and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Whereas the NHTSA believed Takata should have expanded its recall efforts last fall to include all 50 states, the company has maintained the air bags are at risk of exploding only in areas of high humidity and temperature, like Florida, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico.

Takata’s own investigation into the issue revealed that manufacturing issues, the age of the air bag, and high humidity and temperature were all factors involved in air bag explosions. They maintain that moisture can seep inside an old inflator, which contains a volatile chemical called “ammonium nitrate” that can become unstable when exposed to moisture. (Experts have criticized this chemical because of its volatility.) The result is a solution that burns too quickly upon deployment, causing the metal canister to blow apart and send shrapnel into the interior of the vehicle.

Many carmakers, including Honda, Nissan, and Chrysler, have stepped up to fill the gap, expanding their own recalls and making the repairs themselves. They’ve even gone so far as to enlist the help of other air bag manufacturers to meet the demand for replacement parts.

Nissan also expanded previous recalls, pulling back more than 600,000 vehicles, but it has not yet included all vehicles that contain Takata airbags.


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  1. Beatrice Burks says:
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    what year of Nissan was recalled

  2. jackie swifte says:
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    Bought Tiida hatchback in Melbourne Australia in 2005. Is this car on the recall list for faulty airbags? Prompt rely appreciated