Nissan Recalling 25,000 Sentras and Leafs Over Defective Airbags

No, Takata is not at fault.

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In a report by Carscoops, it looks like Nissan is issuing some more airbag recalls. And no, Takata is not to blame. Instead, the flaw apparently lies with Kentucky-based airbag supplier Daicel. Recent models of the Nissan Sentra and Nissan Leaf have a front passenger airbag that is at risk of "not performing as designed", according to the report. From the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration:

Due to airbag inflator components manufactured by a tier 5 supplier with atypical conditions that have since been corrected, certain front passenger airbags may not perform as designed. More specifically, the coolant within these inflators may have been affected by two potential conditions.

Those "two potential conditions" are apparently rust and excessive wear. A total of 25,283 Nissan Sentras and Leafs (Leaves? Leafs? Leafs.) are reportedly affected. Specifically...

  • 2015-2017 Nissan Leafs built between September 20th, 2014 and December 13th, 2016
  • 2014-2017 Nissan Sentras built between September 1st, 2014 and December 31st, 2016

The owners of these cars will be notified and strongly advised to visit their local Nissan dealership, where their front passenger airbag inflators will be replaced for free. 

If you own an affected Nissan and have concerns, you can contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261 or the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236. The recall is expected to roll out June 11th, 2017.