2012 Nissan Altima

Nissan recalls nearly 1,000 Altima and Versa sedans due to airbag problems

Nissan becomes the fourth automaker this month to recall faulty airbag components manufactured by Autoliv.

Nissan has announced the recall of 976 2012 Nissan Altima and Versa sedans due to a side curtain airbag defect according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Nissan has attributed the recall to a “supplier error,” by Swedish company Autoliv.

"These vehicles may be equipped with side curtain airbags that contain an incorrect propellant mixture for the initiator component used, resulting in insufficient output of compressed gas," said NHTSA in its recall summary. The NHTSA goes on to say that the risk of injury is increased due the side curtain airbag defect. In particular, side curtain airbags safeguard front and rear occupants in the event of a side-impact or rollover crash.

Nissan joins Toyota, Honda and Subaru as fourth automaker to recall faulty airbag modules manufactured by Autoliv. According to a letter sent to the NHTSA, Autoliv said it “did not disagree” with the Honda and Toyota recalls, but called the merits behind the Subaru and Nissan recalls into question. In total, the four car companies have recalled 2,700 vehicles. Although Autoliv is a Swedish company, the defective parts originated in an American branch.

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