Nissan recalls more than 226k vehicles due to faulty airbags

BY William Gansa  July 27, 2014 at 1:01 PM EDT

Nissan will recall more than 226,326  additional vehicles due to faulty air bags, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Saturday, expanding on a March recall of nearly one million vehicles.

The recall involves certain models released between 2002 and 2004, including Infiniti, Maxima, Pathfinder and Sentra cars, the company said in a statement.

The vehicles in the expanded recall have defective airbags manufactured by Japanese auto-parts supplier Takata, which have been known to break upon inflation, shooting metal fragments into the car, the company statement said.

A Nissan spokesman said the company is not aware of any injuries caused by the airbags and that the recall is a preventative measure, the Associated Press reports.

The Nissan vehicles in March were recalled after some airbags failed to deploy during a collision. The company said in a report to regulators that sensors were unable to detect an adult in the front passenger seat.

The recall, set to begin on August 11, will include both airbags that were installed in the cars at the factory and replacement models, the NHTSA said.

Nissan models from 2002 to 2004 in the expanded recall include:

Infiniti JX35 SUV 2013
Infiniti FX35, 2003
Infiniti FX45, 2003
Infiniti I35, 2002-2003
Infiniti QX42, 2002-2003
Maxima, 2002-2003
Pathfinder, 2002-2003
Sentra, 2002-2004

The 2013-14 recalled Nissan models from March include:

Altima 2013-2014
Leaf 2013-2014
Pathfinder 2013-2014
Serra 2013-2014
Taxi Van NV 2013