Nissan recalling 480,000 vehicles for airbag fix

Some 3.4 million vehicles worldwide are being recalled by six carmakers – BMW, GM, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota – to replace a defective part in front passenger airbag systems supplied by Takata.

Nissan has announced that the company’s models which are affected are the Cube, X-Trail, Maxima and Teana that were manufactured from August 2000 to January 2004; in total, 480,000 vehicles are subject to the recall.

Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM), the sole distributor and assembler of Nissan vehicles in Malaysia, today announced that its locally-assembled models are not affected by the possible defect (probably because the airbag supplier is different).

However, the company says that there are 4 units of X-Trail imported from overseas in CBU form which are being recalled specifically. The owners of these vehicles have been identified and will be requested to bring their vehicles in for an inspection and, if necessary, replacement of the part. All related parts and labour costs will be borne by ETCM.

Only 4 units of the X-Trail (CBU version) distributed by ETCM are affected by recall

The defect is due to the incorrect propellant wafers with insufficient density installed in certain inflators of the front passenger’s airbag system. This may cause the internal pressure of the inflator to rise excessively during airbag deployment.

Should Nissan owners who purchased their vehicles from ETCM have concerns, they can contact the company’s Customer Service Hotline at 1800-88-8368 for clarification.

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[by Chips Yap]