Nissan Australia has commenced its recall for various older-generation models fitted with Takata airbag inflators, in this case those fitted with 'like-for-like' replacement units.
These vehicles are fitted with faulty passenger-side airbags, though they wear the less serious 'beta' rating as they were replacement parts for an earlier recall – the new parts for this notice will be non-Takata parts.
Like other Takata-related recalls, the inflator propellant could degrade over time when exposed to high temperatures and humidity over time.
If the condition occurs and the vehicle is in a collision that triggers the airbag, the metal inflator housing could rupture when deployed, shooting metal fragments into the cabin.
This poses a serious risk of injury, even death, to the vehicle's occupants.
Affected units, build years and VIN lists by model line are as follows:
- 2002-08 'D22' Navara (3467 units) – VIN list here
- 2003-08 'J31' Maxima (5660 units) – VIN list here
- 2001-05 'N16' Pulsar (20,720 units) – VIN list here
- 2001-07 'T30' X-Trail (38,352 units) – VIN list here
- 2001-08 'Y61' Patrol (18,304 units) – VIN list here
Owners of the affected Nissan models can expect to be contacted by Nissan Australia – be it letter, phone, email and SMS – advising them to arrange the replacement of their faulty airbag free of charge.
Alternatively, customers can contact their local dealership or call Nissan directly on 1800 988 334.
The Takata airbag recall affects more than 100 million vehicles and nearly 20 automotive brands around the world. Among those are more than five million vehicles in Australia, the equivalent of four years of nationwide sales.
Globally, there have been 20 deaths linked to the scandal, and 230 serious injuries. One Australian motorist lost their life to a faulty Takata airbag in July 2017, one month after another Australian driver was seriously injured.
In February 2018, the recall of vehicles affected by the faulty Takata airbags was made compulsory under law, with affected manufacturers required to replace all defective airbags by the end of 2020. The ACCC earlier this year added some 1.1 million vehicles to the compulsory recall.
According to the Australian Government, the risk of a defective Takata airbag rupturing may arise between 6 and 25 years after it is installed in a vehicle. In areas of high heat and humidity, the risk of rupture may arise between 6 and 9 years.
Concerned owners can check if their vehicle needs a new inflator at www.IsMyAirbagSafe.com.au.