Nissan expands air bag recall after Louisiana injury
DETROIT (AP) — Nissan is adding 45,000 small cars to a previous recall after a Louisiana woman was injured by flying shrapnel from an exploding air bag.
The woman's lawyer says that Sabra Wilson's 2006 Nissan Sentra was not part of any recall, yet she suffered burns, cuts and hearing problems when the passenger air bag made by Takata Corp. spewed metal shrapnel after a minor crash in March near New Orleans.
The recall expansion covers Sentra compacts from the 2004 through 2006 model years in high-humidity states mainly along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger said the cars were added when Nissan found out about Wilson's injury while analyzing field data.
The recalled vehicles were sold or registered in 12 high-humidity states and territories. The humidity can cause the air bag propellant to burn too fast and potentially blow apart metal canisters designed to hold them. The problem has been linked to six deaths and dozens of injuries.
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Posted on Tue, April 21, 2015
by Associated Press