Once a safety option, airbags are now standard safety equipment in all new vehicles. When used in conjunction with seat belts, airbags help save lives and reduce injury in crashes that otherwise would have had much more serious outcomes. For the most part, airbags function as they are supposed to in vehicles. However, for vehicles with Takata airbags, if the airbag has been recalled, owners need to get these vehicles to dealerships to have the airbags replaced. The Takata airbag recall has been ongoing for several years now and is the largest automotive recall in history. The airbags can deploy with too much force, sending shrapnel flying inside the vehicle.
Med News 365 reports that 216,000 Nissan vehicles have been added to the growing list of recalls involving Takata airbags.
According to Nissan, the airbags impacted by the recall are located on the driver’s side of the vehicle.
The recall is being conducted because the airbags may not deploy at all or when they do deploy, they do so with too much force. This can send shrapnel flying throughout the vehicle, causing serious injury and sometimes death to occupants.
The included models are the NV cargo and passenger vans from model years 2012 to 2017. The Nissan Titan and Armada from model years 2013 to 2015, and the Infiniti QX56 from model years 2011 and 2012, are also affected.
The Takata airbag recall began more than a decade ago when Honda was the first automaker to recall vehicles back in 2008.
Nissan will begin notifying affected owners on May 25, 2020. Owners who are affected can then take their vehicle to a Nissan dealership to have the driver’s side airbag replaced at no cost.
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