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Nissan issue urgent recall for over 300,000 vehicles after concerns airbags could explode

Nissan was just one of 14 car manufacturers which were forced to issue the recall for the faulty Japanese airbags after concerns the devices could detonate. Almost 10million vehicles across several top manufacturers such as BMW, Ferrari and Toyota have been recalled in the latest round of issues.

Motorists suffering from the fault will be contacted by Nissan in February 2020 and invited in for repairs.

Nissan dealers will replace the front passenger airbag inflators for free after concerns about the degradation of a propellant which could explode.

Long-term exposure to high temperatures could result in the inflator exploding in the cockpit which could lead to serious injury or death.

The car recall has only been issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the safety board for the United States.

READ MORE: Over 100,000 BMW models recalled in safety risk 

Nissan has recalled vehicles for airbag concerns (Image: Getty)

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Takata closed its doors in 2018 after a series of scandals (Image: Getty)

There is not believed to be an immediate concern for any UK or European motorists due to cooler climates.

According to NTSA documents, vehicles recalled were manufactured between 2001 and 2011 and covers a range of the firm’s most popular models.

Vehicles affected include the Pathfinder, Maxima and Sedan models as well as a range of cars from partner company Infiniti.

Speaking to Consumer Reports, a Nissan spokeswoman said: “Nissan Group is implementing the next phase of the Takata inflator recalls in accordance with the predetermined coordinated remedy schedule set by NHTSA.”

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Subaru has already confirmed they plan to recall 500,000 vehicles due to the latest Takata airbag fault.

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The recalls cover a range of models released from 2003 to 2014 including their famous Impreza model and the firm’s top-selling Forester.

The NHTSA predicts just one percent of the vehicles recalled will have the fault but the recall will cover all cars built with the Takata airbags as a precaution.

Recalls are being conducted in stages based on the age of the car affected and the location.

Vehicles based in warmer climates in the south of the country will be prioritised due to the higher risk.

Takata has been in the spotlight since the first recall in 2001 in what has become the largest car recall in US motoring history.

This is the last recall agreed by Takata in a 2015 arrangement with the NHTSA and could bring the situation to an end.

The airbag scandals eventually led the Japanese parts company to file for bankruptcy, shutting its doors back in 2018.

The latest recall comes just one month after German manufacturer BMW were ordered to recall more than 100,000 models for a similar airbag issue.

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Last year, research from the NHTSA revealed Takata repair rates have increased by 30 percent in 2018.

However, the group said this wasn’t quick enough as a report showed at least one-third of recalled inflators have still not been recalled.

Takata airbag issues have led to at least 25 fatalities and hundreds more left with serious injuries.

Concerned owners are urged to check whether their car has been recalled on the NHTSA website by entering their 17-digit vehicle identification number.

There have been no reported incidents of Takata airbag faults in the UK due to the milder climate which does not cause the inflators to explode.

The DVSA has still tried to push manufacturers to produce a plan to recall all affected models for repairs after data revealed more than 1.7million cars may feature the deadly airbags.

However, recalls can be issued for a range of other simple car issues and motorists are urged to check regularly to avoid being caught out.

Recalls can be checked through the DVSA website by simply searching your registration number. 

Express.co.uk have contacted Nissan for a comment. 

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