USA- Wjbf.com writes that Nissan issued a recall of over 250,000 vehicles due to the potentially deadly Takata airbags that were installed in the trucks, SUVs, and vans.
The airbags have been causing issues for car manufacturers for years because they contain ammonium nitrate that is unstable and sometimes explodes too violently, causing shrapnel to fly into the vehicles’ cabins.
The recall applies to Nissan Cargo and Passenger vans from between 2012 and 2017, Nissan Titan pickup trucks from 2013 through 2015, Armada SUVs, and Infiniti QX56 SUVs from 2011 and 2012. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that Takata added too much of the propellant agent to the inflators during the manufacturing process.
Owners of the impacted vehicles will receive notice from Nissan this month. Dealerships will replace the affected airbags with a new one that was made by a different company.
The Takata airbags have been the cause of 25 deaths throughout the world and have injured hundreds of people. The problem occurred in vehicles where warm temperatures and moisture would cause the defective airbags to inflate improperly. Because of the massive size of the recall, not all affected cars could be serviced at the same time. The higher risk vehicles had to be addressed first. The first vehicles to be serviced were those that were located in warm and humid places, as the chemical breakdown was more likely to occur in these locations. However, cars are often traveling over state lines and may be sold from one state to another. Consumer Reports recommended that the recall extend past the vehicles located in the riskiest locations, and called for a nationwide approach to the dangerous issue.
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