Nissan has issued a recall for 20,906 of its previous-generation 'D22' Navara ute and 'Y61' Patrol off-roaders sold between 2009 and 2012 as part of the ongoing Takata airbag campaign.
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According to the Japanese manufacturer, affected vehicles could be fitted with passenger airbag inflators that may allow moisture to enter the unit.

If the condition occurs, the inflator units deteriorate, and when deployed could cause metallic fragments to shoot into the cabin.

The fault poses a significant risk of injury, even death, to the vehicle's occupants.


Above: 2002 Nissan 'Y61' Patrol

VIN ranges and numbers for the affected models are as follows:

Navara (D22) - JN1CPUD22A0030007 to JN1CPUD22A0033519 (3513 units)
Patrol (Y61) - JN1***Y61A0001716 to JN1***Y61A0681762 (17,393 units)

The recalled vehicles were sold from June 2009 through December 2012.

This latest notice adds to the previous recall issued for the 'D22' Navara and 'Y61' Patrol, which covered vehicles built between 2004 and 2008.

Owners of the affected models are advised to contact their local Nissan dealer to arrange to have their front passenger airbag inflator replaced free of charge once parts availability has been confirmed.


Above and Top: 'D22' Nissan Navara

The Takata airbag scandal has affected over 60 million vehicles worldwide across a broad range of manufacturers, including Toyota, Subaru, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari.

Nissan has been forced to recall several models in Australia, including the Tiida, 'D40' Navara, Micra, X-Trail and Maxima - with the number of affected vehicles locally totalling over 273,000 units.

For more information, customers can contact Nissan customer service on 1800 035 035.