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Nissan adds nearly 346K vehicles to Takata recall saga

by Ace Damon
Nissan adds nearly 346K vehicles to Takata recall saga

DETROIT –
Nissan is collecting nearly 346,000 vehicles worldwide to replace the dangerous Takata airbag inflators that can explode and throw shards.

Nissan's front passenger inflators are among the 10 million of 14 different automakers that Takata is remembering. It is the latest recall that the failed Takata agreed to a 2015 agreement with U.S. security regulators.

The Nissan recall covers certain 2001-2003 Maxima, 2002-2006 Sentras, 2002-2004 Pathfinders and 2007-2011 Versas. Also included are 2001-2004 Infiniti I30 and I35s, 2002-2003 QX4s, 2003-2008 FX35 and FX45s and 2006 to 2010 M35 and M45s.

Owners will be notified and dealers will replace inflators as of February 10, at no cost to owners.

Most of the recovered vehicles are in North America, but some are in Europe, the Middle East and Latin America, Nissan said in a statement.

Nissan's inflators are part of a recall Takata announced earlier this month. They were sold to 14 different automakers, which will hold their own recalls. Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Subaru, Ferrari and Mazda have all made recall announcements.

The collected inflators were used to replace Takata's dangerous ones until a permanent remedy could be developed.

The 10 million inflators are part of the approximately 70 million in the U.S. that Takata was to recover as part of the agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Takata's recall could end the largest series of auto recalls in U.S. history.

Takata used ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate the airbags. The chemical can deteriorate over time when exposed to high temperatures and humidity and burn very quickly, separating a metal can and throwing shards.

Permanent replacements do not use ammonium nitrate.

At least 25 people were killed worldwide and hundreds were injured by Takata inflators. About 100 million inflators are being recovered worldwide.

All Takata recalls are being implemented according to vehicle age and location. The southernmost registered vehicles, where conditions are hot and humid, have priority.

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