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Faulty airbag recall expands

Manufacturer Takata may face criminal investigation.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 - 08:00
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Automakers have announced additional recalls related to faulty airbags from Japanese manufacturer Takata. Both Nissan and Honda announced additional recalls this week, urging drivers to have the airbag inflators replaced in the affected models.

There have been a number of incidents in which the airbag inflator ruptured during a crash, sending metal fragments flying into the passenger compartment. Several people have been injured, and at least four deaths have been reported involving Honda vehicles. All of the ruptures occurred in hot, humid areas of the country.

The most recent death occurred in Los Angeles last year, when a driver was killed by an airbag in his 2002 Acura TL.

Nissan North America is recalling certain model year 2003-2004 Nissan Pathfinder, 2004-2006 Nissan Sentra, 2003-2005 Infiniti FX35 and FX45, 2003-2004 Infiniti I35, and 2006 Infiniti M35 and M45 vehicles originally sold, or currently registered, in areas with high humidity, including Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, American Samoa, Florida and adjacent counties in southern Georgia, as well as the coastal areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.

The Honda announcement affects the 2001-2005 Honda Civic, 2003-2004 Civic CNG and Element, 2002-2005 CR-V, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2005 Accord, Pilot, Civic Hybrid, and Acura MDX, 2005 Acura RL and 2006 Honda Ridgeline.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating whether the Takata air bag inflators manufactured between 2000 and 2007 were improperly sealed. The regional Nissan recalls now cover nearly 60,000 vehicles.

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