Nissan Issues “Do Not Drive” Warning to Over 83,000 Vehicles

According to the United States Department of Transportation, major car manufacturer Nissan recently issued a “do not drive” warning to vehicle owners for over 83,000 Nissan vehicles due to a defect with the Takata air bag inflators built into their vehicles. This recall issues a warning that covers a number of car models and years, including, but not limited to, 2002-2006 Nissan Sentra, 2002-2004 Nissan Pathfinder, and 2002-2003 Infiniti QX4.

This “do not drive” warning was issued in May of this year because these Nissan vehicles equipped with frontal passenger air bag inflators manufactured by Takata contain phase stabilized ammonium nitrate propellant that may cause the air bag inflator to explode. This explosion is caused by propellant degradation that occurs after long-term exposure to high absolute humidity, high temperatures, and/or high temperature cycling. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urging all owners of the affected vehicles to cease driving until repairs can be completed, and the defective air bags are replaced. If your Nissan vehicle has an open Takata air bag recall, contact your dealership immediately to schedule a free repair. Nissan and Infiniti are offering free towing, mobile repair, and loaner vehicles in select locations.

In the United States, the NHTSA has confirmed 27 people have died from a defective Takata air bag exploding, with at least 400 people reporting an injury as a result of an explosion involving Takata air bags. To date, over 1.02 million cars have been repaired out of the 1.07 million Nissan vehicles equipped with the affected air bags.

If you or someone you know has been injured due to an exploding Takata air bag in any of the above-mentioned vehicles, please contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-222-7211 or toll free at 1‑800-870-9584.