Safety Recall Update – Import Part 1

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nhtsaHere are the latest National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recalls for imported automobiles. Remember to look inside of the driver door jamb for the build date (month/year) on most vehicles. Today’s list will include around a quarter-of-a-million Nissans, about 20,000 Mazdas, 5,600 Hyundais, and a couple thousand VWs. The list will be posted as Safety Recall Update Part 1 and Part 2. Log on to BestRide.com early and often for all of the latest updates, as well as helpful tips for handling the recall blues.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V361000

pathfinderNissan Recall Campaign Number:
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2002 & 2003 Nissan Maxima, Nissan Pathfinder, Infiniti QX4 and Infiniti I35 vehicles, as well as 2002-2004 Nissan Sentra and 2003 Infiniti FX vehicles. Approximately 226,326 are expected for inclusion under this recall campaign.

maximaCause: Some vehicles may have been assembled using a defective passenger side frontal impact airbag. Excessive pressure created during airbag deployment has been reported in some vehicles.

Concern: If internal airbag pressure becomes dangerously excessive, the integrated airbag inflator could rupture upon deployment causing metal fragments to strike and potentially harm vehicle occupants.

sentraCorrection: Nissan will notify owners by mail with specific instructions regarding airbag inspection and replacement, free of charge. This recall campaign is expected to begin August 11, 2014. Vehicle owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.

NOTE: This recall supersedes NHTSA recall number 13V-136. This recall covers front passenger side frontal impact airbags installed from the factory and airbags installed as a result of deployment. Even if your vehicle has been in a crash that required airbag replacement, Nissan would like to inspect it (free of charge) to make sure this condition is rectified. Nissan is not saying so in this release but they are talking about Takata airbags. Nearly every automaker has released recalls for this brand of airbag. Until the airbag has been inspected and/or replaced I would refrain from allowing passengers to occupy the front passenger seat. If you can disable the airbag (as a normal operation) then do so and always wear your safety belt.

NHTSA Campaign Number: 14V362000

rx8Mazda Recall Campaign Number: 7714-F
Vehicles Affected: Certain 2003 & 2004 Mazda Mazda6 vehicles and 2004 Mazda RX-8 vehicles. Approximately 18,050 vehicles are expected for inclusion under this campaign.

Cause: Some vehicles may have been assembled using a defective passenger side frontal impact airbag. Excessive pressure created during airbag deployment has been reported in some vehicles.

Concern: If internal airbag pressure becomes dangerously excessive, the integrated airbag inflator could rupture upon deployment causing metal fragments to strike and potentially harm vehicle occupants.

Correction: Nissan will notify owners by mail with specific instructions regarding airbag inspection and replacement, free of charge. This recall campaign is expected to begin August 11, 2014. Vehicle owners may contact Mazda customer service at 1-800-647-7261.

mazda6NOTE: This recall supersedes NHTSA recall number 13V-130. This recall covers front passenger side frontal impact airbags installed from the factory and airbags installed as a result of deployment. Even if your vehicle has been in a crash that required airbag replacement, Mazda wishes to inspect it (free of charge) in order to make sure this condition has been rectified. Mazda is not placing the blame on Takata airbags here, but they are at the bottom of this. Nearly every automaker has released recalls for this brand of airbag inflator. Until the airbag has been inspected and/or replaced please refrain from allowing passengers to occupy the front passenger seat. If you can disable the airbag (as a normal operation) then do so and always wear your safety belt.

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S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.

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