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Nissan Airbag Recall

The Takata airbag recall is the largest in the history of the American automotive industry, affecting more than 37 million vehicles and counting. That means millions of American motorists are driving around in vehicles with defective, potentially deadly airbags. As of April 2018, Nissan has recalled 1.27 million airbags installed in various Nissan and Infiniti (owned by Nissan) vehicles.

Below you can find information about the models of Nissan and Infiniti cars affected by the recall and what you should do if you own a model on the list.

Nissan Airbag Recall Quick Facts:

  • Nissan has recalled 1.27 million airbags.
  • 752,000 airbags (59 percent) still need to be replaced.
  • Five Nissan models and five Infiniti models are under recall.
  • Affected model years are from 2001-2012.
  • The recall primarily affects passenger-side airbags.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan

Updated: April 4, 2018

Nissan Models Under Recall for Defective Takata Airbags

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Takata recall affects several Nissan and Infiniti models spanning many years.




2003-2008 Infiniti FX

2001-2003 Nissan Maxima

2001 Infiniti I30

2002-2004 Nissan Pathfinder

2002-2004 Infiniti I35

2002-2006 Nissan Sentra

2006-2010 Infiniti M

2007-2011 Nissan Versa Sedan

2002-2003 Infinity QX4

2007-2012 Nissan Versa Hatchback

2013 Infiniti QX56


2014 Infiniti QX80


Note: Keep a few things in mind when reviewing this list. First, cars are constantly being recalled. This list is current as of April 2018. Just because your vehicle does not currently appear on the above list does not guarantee that it will not be added in the future. It is important to check periodically to make certain your car has not been included in an open recall.

If you drive a Nissan or Infiniti, you can use our Takata Recall Search Tool to check for open recalls using your vehicle identification number (VIN). You can find this number by standing outside and looking at the bottom right corner of your windshield. You should also be able to locate it in the paperwork you received when you purchased the vehicle.

The Dangerous Problem with Defective Takata Airbags

The problem with the Takata airbags is the chemical used to inflate the airbag in a collision. Takata used an ammonium nitrate compound without a drying agent to create the small explosion necessary to inflate the airbag. Ammonium nitrate, when used without a drying agent, is a volatile compound that can degrade after long-term exposure to high heat and humidity. Takata also had many manufacturing and quality control problems at its plants, making some inflators susceptible to rupture regardless of climate.

When the airbag deploys in an accident, the compound can cause the airbag to deploy too forcefully, shattering the metal inflator and sending shrapnel into the cabin of the vehicle. These pieces of shrapnel can cause serious injuries or death.

Do Not Put Off Addressing Your Defective Nissan Vehicle

According to the NHTSA, over 250 people have been injured and 15 people have died nationwide as a direct result of defective Takata airbags as of April 2018.

If you have received a recall notice, call your local dealer immediately to schedule an appointment for a replacement. The dealer will perform the replacement for free. If the wait for the replacement or an appointment is too long, consider looking into another nearby dealer or even requesting a rental car for the time being.

Nissan USA reports that, as of April 2018, replacement airbags for all affected makes and models should be available. 

Nissan Defective Airbag Recall Repair Rates

As of April 2018, according to the NHTSA, fewer than half of the defective airbags with open recalls have been replaced — about 546,000 out of 1.27 million.

This means more than three-quarters of a million defective airbags remain on the road with potentially deadly effects. You should take action right away to make certain your vehicle has no open recalls. Hundreds of thousands of drivers may be unknowingly operating vehicles with defective Takata airbags.

The remaining airbags requiring replacement (as of April 2018) are all located in the passenger side of affected vehicles

Holding Nissan and Takata Liable for Your Damages

If you or your loved one were injured by a defective Takata airbag, you could be eligible for compensation from both the vehicle and the airbag manufacturers. Damages to which you might be entitled include medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and vehicle damage. If your loved one lost their life, you may be entitled to funeral and burial damages as well as pain and suffering and other emotional damages.

Contact Newsome Melton to Discuss Your Legal Options

The defective airbag attorneys at Newsome Melton offer a free consultation and case evaluation. We will review your claim, answer your questions, and let you know what your options are. We look forward to working with you and making you our next satisfied client.

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