Nissan India has recalled 12,000 units of Sunny sedan and Micra small car manufactured during the period June 2013 and March 2015. This is part of a global recall which has affected about 2.7 lakh cars. Company service dealers have been informed to carry out these modifications and replacements of parts on an urgent basis and at no cost to customer while guaranteeing complete satisfaction.
Faulty airbags have been manufactured by Japanese parts maker Takata. These airbags from the company have been in the news in the past few years; for its flawed design and failing to deploy in a crisis.
Besides Nissan, other automakers have also been affected by the Takata airbags. Last month Honda Cars India recalled 11,381 units of Accord, CR-V and Civic manufactured between 2003 and 2007. The company replaced faulty part both in passenger and driver side airbags.
Nissan recall comes following the voluntary vehicle recall policy in India initiated by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) in July 2012. Since then a total of over 7 lakh vehicles have been recalled.
Defective Takata airbags have been linked to several deaths. Takata has admitted to the fault in its airbags with the chief executive, Shigehisa Takada making a public address on the issue at the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting. The fault in airbags could cause inflators to explode with extensive too force, causing more danger than protection to the lives of both drivers and passengers. To date, at least 8 deaths and 130 injuries have been linked to these defects. No deaths have been reported in India due to the faulty airbags in Nissan Micra and Sunny.