Nissan to recall 9,000 cars for faulty airbags

Written by Roudra Bhattacharya | New Delhi | Updated: Oct 25 2014, 08:28am hrs
Nissan is recalling around 9,000 units of the India-made Micra hatchback and Sunny sedans to replace defective airbags made by component vendor Takata, which are prone to failure due to corrosion and could spray shrapnel to passengers upon deployment. This is part of a global exercise involving 2.6 lakh cars made between 2008 and 2012, the Japanese carmaker announced on Friday.

Nissan plans to start notifying customers soon. The dealers will replace the driver airbag inflator with a correctly manufactured part at no cost to the customer, a Nissan India spokesperson told FE.

The recall affects India-made cars sold both at home and overseas markets like Europe.

The global recall, which also affects the Nissan Cube model, are chiefly in Japan where 104,905 cars are covered, while 30,000 are in Europe and 11,000 in China.

Defects in the Japanese auto vendor Takata's airbags has affected various companies. This week, US safety regulators said about 7.8 million cars made by 10 carmakers are likely to be covered in the country. Toyota has already announced recalling 3.6 million cars globally for the same problem, while Honda and BMW said that about 2 million units and 2.2 lakh units will be affected.

Auto recalls by carmakers like Maruti Suzuki, Toyota, Honda and General Motors have gathered pace in India since 2012 when industry association Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers adopted a voluntary recall code.

However, the government is now finalising a mandatory recall policy with heavy penalties that will be a part of the new Central Motor Vehicle Rules. These rules are expected to be adopted soon.