Nissan Recalls Infiniti SUVs Over Malfunctioning Airbags...Again
Some Infiniti owners may have heard this one before: Nissan is recalling certain sport utility vehicles because of defective airbags. This is the third time some of the cars have been called back in an attempt to fix the problem.
Nissan says some passenger airbags that were already replaced must be swapped out again because they could tear when activated.
“During a high-temperature environment test (185 degrees F), the airbag module experienced a tear in the cushion during deployment due to the increased pressure,” the company recently told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “If this condition occurs, it may increase the risk of injury to the front passenger-side occupant in the event of a crash, where airbag deployment is warranted.”
In other words, the replacement airbags installed in many of the cars after their original airbags were determined to be faulty have now also been determined to be faulty. Nissan says it is not aware of any injuries caused directly by the defect.
“Owners of all potentially affected vehicles will be notified to take their vehicle to an Infiniti retailer where they will replace the front passenger airbag module with a new one,” Nissan told NHTSA.
The recall comes just months after Nissan announced that it was calling back some 250,000 Pathfinders for malfunctioning brake lights. The company said that defects could also cause problems with brake shifting, causing vehicles to stall.
Nissan recalled 1.8 million Altimas last year because of a latch defect that it said could cause cars’ hoods to open unexpectedly.
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