Yet another addition to the Takata airbag recall. Nissan is adding 515,000 model-year 2007-11 Nissan Versa sedans and model-year 2007-12 Versa hatchbacks to the list.
The vehicles may have a driver’s side airbag with a chemical propellant that can degrade leading to an airbag rupture.
This is part of the massive, ongoing Takata recall that impacts more than 46 million U.S. vehicles. The original airbags recalled did not have a drying agent added to them intended to prevent the degradation due to humidity and high temps. The new airbags being recalled have an added drying agent but new tests still deemed them a risk.
Dealers will replace the driver frontal airbag inflator with a new one manufactured by a different supplier for free.
Nissan will begin notifying owners by the end of September. Remedy parts were not immediately available, so owners will first receive an interim notification letter, followed by a second letter when parts become available. Owners can call the automaker at 800-647-7261, NHTSA’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236.