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Nissan warns owners of older vehicles over risk of airbag

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Nissan wants the owners of 84,000 older cars to stop using them because their airbags could explode in a crash and shoot out dangerous metal pieces.

On Wednesday, there was a very important request because one person died in a Nissan car when the front airbag exploded, and 58 people have been hurt in the same way since 2015.

Nissan said that because the cars are old and have faulty Takata air bag parts, there is a higher chance the air bag could break and shoot sharp metal pieces, leading to serious harm or even death.

Nissan said certain 2002-2006 Sentra small cars, 2002-2004 Pathfinder SUVs, and 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4 SUVs should not be driven. Car owners can check if their cars are part of the recall by going to nissanusa. com/takata-airbag-recall or infinitiusacom/takata-airbag-recall and entering their 17-digit vehicle identification number.

The company is saying that if you own a car with faulty inflators, you should call your dealer to arrange a free replacement. Nissan is giving free towing to dealers and in some places they can also come to fix your car and give you a loaner car.

Nissan had to bring back 736,422 cars to change the Takata airbag parts. The company said there are still about 84,000 products that have not been fixed yet and are thought to still be in use.

Nissan tried many times to contact owners who haven’t fixed their Takata airbags.

In 2018, the company told the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the death. Nissan said the person who died was in a 2006 Sentra car.

Faulty inflators have caused 27 deaths in the US. They use a dangerous chemical to inflate air bags during a car crash. The chemical can break down when it’s hot and humid for a long time. It can burst with a lot of power, breaking open a metal container and spreading sharp pieces everywhere. Over 400 people in the US have been injured.

At least 35 people have died from Takata airbag problems in different countries like Malaysia, Australia, and the US.

Possible problem made many cars to be called back for fixing the issue. The Takata company has had a long history, with at least 67 million inflators being involved. The US government says that lots of things haven’t been fixed. About 100 million inflators have been taken back from all over the world. The air bags that exploded caused Takata to go bankrupt.

Honda, Ford, BMW, Toyota, Stellantis, and Mazda say some of their vehicles with Takata inflators should not be driven.

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