Do Not Drive warning issued for 84,000 Nissans with Takata airbags

Nissan has issued a Do Not Drive warning for 84,000 older models because of dangerous airbags - Photo by Nissan

The inflators can explode, causing deaths and injuries

The scourge of the Takata airbag, with a defective inflator, continues. Nissan has issued a Do Not Drive warning for 84,000 2002 to 2006 Nissan models

The Takata airbag inflators are prone to exploding when the airbag deploys, sending small metal fragments flying through the vehicle cabin. The warning is in response to at least one death and several injuries from airbags in older Nissans since 2015.

Takata airbags were responsible for the largest recall in automotive history over the last decade.

The warning covers certain 2002 through 2006 Sentras and some 2002 through 2004 Pathfinder SUVs and 2002 and 2003 Infiniti QX4 SUVs. If you own one of these models, you can check to see if it is included by going to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website and entering you license plate number or 17-digit VIN.

What to do

NHTSA is urging all vehicle owners to immediately check to see if their vehicle has an open Takata airbag recall. If it does, owners should contact their dealership to schedule a free repair as soon as possible and follow any warnings from the vehicle manufacturer. 

Nissan and Infiniti are offering free towing, mobile repair, and in select locations, loaner vehicles.

Nissan customers with questions or concerns can reach the automaker at 800-647-7261 or visit Nissan’s recall website. Infiniti customers can reach the automaker at 800-662-6200 or visit its website.

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