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Nissan Recalling More Than 100,000 Cars For Airbag Failure

The airbags have killed 23 people and injured more than 300

July 13, 2018 - 5:09 pm

(WWJ) -- Nissan is recalling more than 100,000 small cars to replace Takata air bags, which have killed and injured drivers and passengers.

The recall is for the 2011 Versa sedan and the 2011 and 2012 Versa hatchback. The recall is part of a coordinated phase-in of Takata recalls, whose airbags have been known for exploding and hurling shrapnel at vehicle occupants.

The problem with the airbags is that they use the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate the air bags in a crash. But in high temperatures and humidity it can actually deteriorate and cause a metal canister to blow apart. At least 23 people have died worldwide and about 300 have been hurt.

The recall only applies to cars that have been registered in 42 states and Washington, D.C., as part of the Takata recalls, which affect nearly 40 million vehicles in the U.S.