Older Nissan Models Recalled for Potentially Detaching Steering Wheel Emblem
The Takata airbag recall is massive and ongoing today, despite being issued years ago. Nissan recently recalled hundreds of thousands of vehicles for another dangerous airbag issue, this time related to the company’s steering wheel badge.
Automotive News reported that Nissan recalled 404,690 vehicles in the U.S., more than 17,000 in Canada, and almost 6,500 in Mexico. The Armada, Frontier, Pathfinder, Titan, and Xterra from between 2008 and 2011, and the Nissan Quest van from 2008 and 2009 are affected.
Recall documentation states that resins in the Nissan emblem on the airbag covers may not be as durable, which can cause cracking over time. If the airbag deploys, the cracked badge can detach and become a projectile in the cabin. Though it sounds similar to the problems that triggered the Takata recall, pieces of plastic badging are likely less lethal than the metal shards from the first airbag recall.
The automaker is working on a fix for the issue and said it would work to reimburse owners for fixes obtained before the recall since all vehicles are out of warranty. Owners will be notified by April 10, and Nissan will be in further contact when parts become available. This is also an excellent time to remind you not to stick things on your steering wheel’s airbag cover. No matter how cool the bejeweled look is (to you), having a bunch of cheap plastic flying at your face isn’t going to improve your chances of survival in a crash.
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