Nissan North America recently added more than 200 vehicles to the seemingly never-ending Takata airbag recall.
The Franklin, Tennessee-based manufacturer will recall 233 more 2007-2008 Nissan Versa sedans and 2007-2008 Nissan Versa hatchbacks built between May 18, 2006 and May 26, 2008.
The affected vehicles contain airbag inflators built and supplied by now-defunct airbag creator Takata. The inflators use non-desiccated phased-stabilized ammonium nitrate wafers as propellant. The inflators consist of a metal cartridge loaded with these wafers. A crash ignites the propellant, expanding the airbags. However, the recalled inflators can rupture, sending metal shards into the car’s passenger cabin. These shards can injure or kill occupants. A USA Today report states the defective inflators killed at least 20 people worldwide, and caused more than 180 injuries.
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Nissan issued the recall after discovering in June 2018 a previous recall issued in 2016 mistakenly excluded the aforementioned vehicles.
Approximately 42 million vehicles across the United States are affected by the Takata recall, including 3.3 million additional vehicles reported in a Jan. 7, 2018 USA Today report. That announcement covered model year 2009, 2010 and 2013 vehicles from Honda, Toyota, BMW, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Tesla.
Takata filed for bankruptcy on June 26, 2017, while still facing billions of dollars in lawsuits over the defective inflators.
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Key Safety Systems, a U.S.-based auto component company, bought Takata’s non-airbag related assets for $1.6 billion shortly after Takata filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Nissan will notify owners and dealers will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall began July 25, 2018. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-867-7669. Concerned consumers can also visit the NHTSA’s website and enter their VIN to see if their vehicle is included in any recalls.
Your vehicle’s manufacturer is legally required to fix any recalled problems for free. If the dealership refuses to fix the part or tries to charge you for the repair, contact the manufacturer immediately. The Highway Safety Act of 1970, which created the NHTSA, requires car manufacturers to pay for the recall and replacement of a defective part.
If the manufacturer fails to repair, replace, repurchase, or provide your recalled vehicle’s loss value, they are violating the warranty and a lawyer may be able to assist you. Lemon law lawyers help their clients by dealing directly with the manufacturer on the clients’ behalf, working to promptly resolve the issue and get their clients back on the road. Thanks to the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, attorneys can seek their fees directly from the manufacturer, meaning a client can obtain legal counsel without having to pay attorneys’ fees directly out of pocket.