Nissan Recalls Over 400,000 Vehicles Due To Airbag Emblems Detaching

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It could detach when the airbag deploys.

Nissan is in the midst of a recall for several vehicle models delivered with airbag emblems that could detach from the cover if the airbags are deployed, increasing the risk of injury to the driver. The recall affects the 2008-2011 Nissan Xterra, 2008-2011 Nissan Pathfinder, 2008-2011 Armada, and the 2008-2011 Nissan Xterra. Specifically those with emblems supplied by the Swedish manufacturer Autoliv. A total of 404,690 vehicles are affected in the US.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Safety Recall Report (NHTSA): "The resin emblem on the driver's airbag module cover in affected vehicles may have reduced durability due to potential Tier 2 supplier production process."


In the automotive industry, a Tier 2 supplier simply supplies finished parts for the automaker. In this case, the emblem on the airbag cover may crack over time, and the retainer components could detach if the airbag is deployed, causing the badge, retaining components, or both, to become projectiles.

If you own any of the vehicles listed above and the emblem has cracked, you should contact a local authorized Nissan dealer immediately to have it checked. According to the NHTSA, it's only those specific models and years that are affected.


Nissan has started sending out letters notifying owners of the recall, but the automaker is still working on a fix. It has been reported that Nissan is aware of four incidents already involving the badges. Dealers have already been notified. While it covers 404,690 vehicles in the US, the recall also includes 17,214 units in Canada and 6,471 in Mexico.

This recall runs alongside a recall on 2014-2016 model year Nissan Rogues covering 793,000 vehicles in the US and 800,000 units in total globally. That recall is over a fire risk due to a wiring issue that can be caused by corrosion in the driver's footwell. The fault can also cause malfunctioning of the power windows and seats, spontaneous illumination of the all-wheel-drive warning light, and excessive battery drainage.


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