Airbag Recall Bug Bites Nissan, Chrysler, and Mazda

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2010 Jeep Wrangler JKThe Takata airbag bug seems highly contagious and it continues to present a major inconvenience for automakers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is still recalling millions of automobiles from all over the world.

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NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V349000
Nissan Recall Campaign Number:

2008 Infiniti FX35Vehicles Affected: Certain 2005-2008 Infiniti FX35 and FX45, 2003-2004 Infiniti I30 and I35, 2006-2010 Infiniti M35 and M45, and 2007-2011 Nissan Versa vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or “Zone A.” Additionally, unless included in “Zone A” above, Nissan is recalling certain model year 2005-2008 Infiniti FX35 and FX45, 2003-2004 Infiniti I30 and I35, 2006-2008 Infiniti M35 and M45, and 2007-2008 Nissan Versa vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or “Zone B.” Lastly, unless included in “Zone A” or “Zone B” above, Nissan is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Infiniti I30 and I35 vehicles originally sold, or registered, in Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Approximately 402,450 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: 

2010 Infiniti M35These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. These inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.

Concern:

An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Correction:

Nissan will notify owners with detailed instructions for locating qualified dealers that will replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. Parts are not currently available. Owners will be sent an interim notification by the end of July 2016. A second notice will be mailed when remedy parts are available. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V290000
Chrysler Recall Campaign Number: S33

2010 Jeep Wrangler JKVehicles Affected: Certain 2007-2010 Jeep Wrangler JK vehicles manufactured from March 2, 2006 through August 13, 2010. Approximately 394,258 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: 

The steering wheel clockspring assembly may become contaminated with dust and cause the air bag circuit to fail.

Concern:

Failure of the air bag circuit may prevent the driver’s frontal air bag from deploying in the event of a motor vehicle crash, increasing the risk of injury.

Correction:

Chrysler will notify owners with specific instructions for contacting qualified dealers that will replace the clockspring, wheel back cover, and column shroud, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16E044000
Takata Recall Campaign Number:

Takato LogoVehicles Affected: Certain PSPI, PSPI-1.1, PSPI-2, PSPI 6, PSPI-L, and SPI air bag inflators assembled as part of the frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment, such as after a vehicle crash necessitating replacement of the original air bags, may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to lower absolute humidity, temperature and temperature cycling. This recall addresses vehicles ever registered in the states of Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Approximately 250,000 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Concern:

An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the driver or other occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Correction:

Takata will be working with vehicle manufacturers to determine into which vehicles the affected inflators were installed either as original or replacement equipment during service. As this work progresses, numerous vehicle recalls will likely be announced by the impacted vehicle manufacturers. NHTSA will supply this information as soon as possible.

Note: Vehicles registered outside of these states may be covered by recalls 16E-042 or 16E-043.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V356000
Mazda Recall Campaign Number: 9516E

2011 Mazda Mazda6Vehicles Affected: Certain 2009-2011 Mazda Mazda6, 2007-2011 Mazda CX-7 and CX-9 vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and the U.S. Virgin Islands, or “Zone A.” Additionally, unless included in “Zone A” above, Mazda is recalling certain model year 2007-2008 Mazda CX-7 and CX-9 vehicles, originally sold, or ever registered, in Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, or “Zone B.” Vehicles of these model years and models that were not originally sold or ever registered in either Zones A or B are not subject to this safety recall. Approximately 236,280 vehicles are expected for inclusion in this recall campaign.

Cause: 

2011 Mazda CX-7These vehicles are equipped with certain air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules, and used as original equipment or replacement equipment. In the event of a motor vehicle crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture due to propellant degradation occurring after long-term exposure to absolute humidity and temperature cycling.

Concern:

An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Correction:

Mazda will notify owners with detailed instructions for locating qualified dealers who ill replace the passenger frontal air bag inflator, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 15, 2016. Owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-222-5500.

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