Nissan Issues Urgent Warning to Stop Driving Older Vehicles Over Exploding Airbag Risk

By Thea Felicity

May 29, 2024 12:02 PM EDT

Massive Airbag Recall Prompts Safety Concerns
MEDLEY, FL - MAY 22: A deployed airbag is seen in a Nissan vehicle at the LKQ Pick Your Part salvage yard on May 22, 2015 in Medley, Florida. The largest automotive recall in history centers around the defective Takata Corp. air bags that are found in millions of vehicles that are manufactured by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.
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Nissan urgently warns owners of approximately 84,000 older vehicles to refrain from driving immediately due to heightened risks associated with their Takata airbag inflators. According to AP News, Nissan advised that the airbags could potentially explode in a crash and project deadly metal fragments.

The urgent notice follows a fatal incident involving a Nissan vehicle, where an exploding front-passenger inflator killed one person, while up to 58 individuals sustained injuries since 2015.

In an official press release, the car manufacturing company stated that the risk of the airbag inflator exploding is due to the age of the vehicles and a possibly defective Takata airbag, which can cause serious injuries or death.

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Affected Nissan Vehicles

Not all older vehicles are affected. Specific Nissan vehicle models, including certain Sentra small cars manufactured between 2002 and 2006 and particular Pathfinder and Infiniti QX4 SUVs made between 2002 and 2004, may have defective Takata airbag inflators. 

Owners of these vehicles can check if their cars are affected by visiting Nissan's dedicated webpage and entering their vehicle identification number (VIN).

Affected owners may receive complimentary replacements for the inflators at authorized dealerships and free towing services to dealers. 

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