Over 17,000 previous-gen utes and off-roaders could be fitted with faulty passenger airbags.
Nissan Australia has added previous generation ‘D22’ Navara and ‘Y61’ Patrol models to the ongoing Takata airbag campaign.
The company’s local arm has confirmed 17,047 units across both model lines are affected by this notice, which relates to potentially faulty passenger-side airbag inflators.
As with all Takata airbag recalls, the inflators are at risk of degraded propellant due to exposure to high temperatures and humidity over time.
Should the condition occur, the metal housing of the inflator could rupture when the airbag is deployed in the event of an accident, shooting metal fragments into the cabin.
This poses a serious risk of injury, even death, to the vehicle’s occupants.
Model years and number of recalled units by model line are as follows:
- 2013-15 ‘D22’ Navara: 10,987 units
- 2013-16 ‘Y61’ Patrol: 6,060 units
A VIN list for Navara models can be viewed here, while the VIN list for affected Patrols can be accessed here.
Nissan says it launched this recall on 31 August 2018, and has already sent letters to affected owners. Once contacted, customers are urged to make an appointment with their local dealer to arrange the replacement of their passenger airbag component, free of charge.
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.
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