Nissan has issued a recall affecting roughly 226,000 model year 2002-2003 Nissan Maxima, Pathfinder and Infiniti I35 and QX4; 2002-2004 Nissan Sentra; and 2003 Infiniti FX vehicles to address a safety defect in the passenger side frontal airbag which may produce excessive internal pressure causing the inflator to rupture upon deployment of the airbag.
This recall addresses both the passenger side frontal airbags that were originally installed in the vehicles, as well as replacement airbags that may have been installed as replacement service parts. A replacement airbag may have been installed, as one example, if a vehicle had been in a crash necessitating the replacement of the passenger side frontal air bag.
In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal airbag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the passenger seat occupant or other occupants.
Owners of all recalled vehicles on which a defective airbag may have been installed either as original equipment, or as a replacement, will be notified by Nissan. Dealers will inspect the vehicles and replace the inflator, as necessary, free of charge.
For additional information, contact Nissan Customer Service toll-free at 800-647-7261. Note: This recall is an expansion of NHTSA Recall No. 13V-136.