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Nissan Recalling 3.5 Million Vehicles to Fix Faulty Airbag Sensors

Most models sold in the US.

by on May.02, 2016

The Nissan Leaf is among the vehicles affected by the new airbag recall.

Nissan plans to recall 3.5 million vehicles sold around the world to fix sensors that could cause a car’s airbags to fail to deploy in the event of a crash.

The recall covers a number of Nissan and Infiniti cars, trucks and crossover vehicles, including the Altima sedan, Leaf battery car and NV200 commercial van.

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The recall is the fourth to attempt to address the problem with so-called “smart” airbag sensors. It is separate from recalls triggered by faulty Takata airbag inflators, an issue that has so far plagued 14 different automotive manufacturers.

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Feds Investigate Nissan Airbag Recall

NHTSA concerned repairs fail to fix problem.

by on Mar.23, 2015

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder was part of a recall related that is being investigated by NHTSA.

Federal safety regulators announced they’re opening an investigation into the effectiveness of a recall of nearly 1 million vehicles by Nissan Motor Co. due to an airbag problem.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking Nissan’s recall of about 989,000 vehicles in March 2014 because the occupant classification system software may not recognize if an adult is sitting in the passenger seat.

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The impacted vehicles in include: 2013-2014 Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder, and Sentra, 2013 NV200, 2013 Infiniti JX35 and 2014 Infiniti Q50 and QX60 vehicles. (more…)

NHTSA Increases Takata Airbag Warning to Cover 7.8 Million Vehicles

Agency failed to account for Ford, Subaru in first alert.

by on Oct.22, 2014

Three Subaru models, including this 2003 Outback, were added to the recall warning list.

Federal safety regulators bungled their first attempt to warn owners of 7.8 million recalled vehicles equipped with airbags produced by Takata Corp. that they should bring their vehicles to dealers for immediate repair.

In an unprecedented move, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an alert to vehicle owners that the airbags could explode causing injury and even death to vehicle occupants, particularly in areas with high humidity. Several phone calls to Takata by TheDetroitBureau were not returned.

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“Responding to these recalls, whether old or new, is essential to personal safety and it will help aid our ongoing investigation into Takata airbags and what appears to be a problem related to extended exposure to consistently high humidity and temperatures,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator David Friedman in a statement. “However, we’re leaving no stone unturned in our aggressive pursuit to track down the full geographic scope of this issue.”

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Airbag Problems Force Honda, Nissan, Mazda to Recall Nearly 3 Million Vehicles Worldwide

Chrysler announces limited recall.

by on Jun.23, 2014

The recall includes the 2002 Honda Civic.

Barely two weeks after a major airbag recall was announced by industry giant Toyota, three other Japanese manufacturers have taken similar steps that will impact nearly 3 million vehicles worldwide.

The latest recalls were announced by Honda, Nissan and Toyota, and aim to address faulty airbag systems supplied by Japanese partsmaker Takata Corp. An apparent manufacturing defect could cause the bags to improperly inflate, possibly blasting shrapnel into the passenger compartment.

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Separately, Chrysler also is recalling some 2006 Dodge Chargers equipped with potentially faulty Takata airbag inflators sold in high-humidity areas. Nissan also will have a regional recall.

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Honda Recalling Another 570,000 Vehicles

Latest in series of steps due to defective airbags.

by on Apr.11, 2013

The 2002 Honda Civic is one of the models impacted by the maker's latest airbag recall.

In the latest of a series of steps that has plagued the Japanese maker for several years, Honda announced it will recall more than 470,000 sedans, minivans and crossover-utility vehicles due to defective airbag systems.

The problem could cause potentially serious injuries, the maker acknowledged, and has been linked to such incidents in the past in other vehicles the maker has had to recall for similar issues. In fact, Honda recalled 750,000 other vehicles due to airbag defects earlier this year.

Reports out of Japan indicate other manufacturer may have additional airbag-related recalls to announce this week, possibly covering as many as 3 million vehicles sold worldwide. That could involve Toyota, as well as Honda, according to a Japanese transport ministry official, though it is unclear if – or how many – additional vehicles sold in the U.S. might be impacted.

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The latest U.S. Honda recall covers approximately 426,000 subcompact Civic models sold during the 2001 to 2003 model-years, 43,000 CR-V crossovers offered in 2002 and 2003, and another 92,000 Odyssey minivans from the 2002 model-year.

“It is possible that the passenger front airbag inflators in affected vehicles may deploy with too much pressure, which may cause the inflator casing to rupture and could result in injury,” the maker acknowledged in a statement.

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NHTSA Investigating Airbag Supplier Behind Four Recalls

Probe follows news of expanded Honda recall.

by on Feb.22, 2012

The 2012 Honda Civic is one of the vehicles covered by the recent spate of airbag recalls.

Federal safety regulators have launched an investigation of a major Swedish-based airbag supplier linked to recent recalls by four separate Japanese automakers.

That list includes Toyota, Nissan, Subaru and Honda – the latter maker announcing a recall early this month that was then doubled in size last week, though the total number of vehicles covered by the two announcements is still less than 1,000.  In all, the four automakers have now recalled about 2,700 vehicles.

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The NHTSA probe has centered on the U.S. arm of supplier Autoliv, which told the federal safety agency it shipped about 10,500 potentially defective airbag inflators to those four makers and two other airbag manufacturers.

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