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Nissan stated on Saturday that it is recalling more than 52,000 vehicles for passenger air bags that can explode with too much force and send shards of metal into the passenger compartment just to a day’s difference after Honda announced an expanded air bag recall in southern states.
The vehicles have air bag systems manufactured by troubled Japanese supplier Takata Corp. The Nissan recalls are amongst the 8 million made by 10 automakers, mainly in Southern high-humidity states.
The affected models of Nissan include the Infiniti FX35 and FX45 from 2003 to 2005, Infiniti I35 from 2003 and 2004 and Infiniti M35 and M45 from 2006, Pathfinders from 2003 and 2004 and Nissan Sentras from 2004 to 2006. The numbers sum up to 52,738.
The newly recalled vehicles were sold or registered in 12 high-humidity states and territories. The humidity can cause the air bag propellant to burn too fast and potentially blow apart the metal canisters. The problem has been linked to four deaths. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas and the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Saipan, Guam and American Samoa are amongst the affected states and territories.
Honda is also adding more to the recall lists and up till now has recalled about 5 million vehicles in the U.S. for Takata air bag problems.
The expansion comes just a few days after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration demanded information in an investigation from Honda about its air bag recalls. The agency is looking into whether Honda failed to report information as required by law.
The recall covers the 2003 to 2005 Accord, 2001-2005 Civic, 2002-2005 CR-V, 2003-2004 Element, 2002-2004 Odyssey, 2003-2005 Pilot and the 2006 Ridgeline. Also included are the 2003-2005 Acura MDX and the 2005 Acura RL.