The Takata airbag saga is not yet over for Nissan as the Japanese automaker announced it is recalling more than 250,000 units worldwide to replace potentially dangerous airbag inflators from the controversial brand that were installed in the vehicles.
According to documents filed with the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Takata airbags were packed with too much ammonium nitrate propellant during the manufacturing of the inflators.
As a result, the airbags can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel to passengers in the vehicle, increasing the risk of injury or a crash.
However, it was reported that the inflators have a moisture-absorbing chemical that supposedly prevents the explosion from happening. As such, safety regulators in the U.S. are trying to determine whether all inflators with the drying agent need to be recalled.
The recall covers 2012 to 2017 Nissan NV Cargo and Passenger vans, 2013 to 2015 Titan pickup and Armada large SUV, and 2011 to 2012 Infiniti QX56 SUV.
As a fix, dealers will replace the airbag inflator in the front driver seat with one that is made by a different company. Nissan said it will begin notifying customers later this month.
Until the end of 2019, Takata was given the opportunity to prove that the inflators with the drying agent were safe. Otherwise, the NHTSA will order a recall for all vehicles equipped with the inflator in question. NHTSA has not made a decision yet.
At least 25 people have died after being hit by shrapnel from defective Takata airbag inflators while more than 300 have been injured.