Nissan India issues a recall of 12,000 units in India that includes Sunny sedan, Micra hatchback over faulty engine switches and airbags, which have been manufactured between June 2013 and March 2015 in India. This recall is a part of Nissan’s global recall of around 2, 70,000 cars. This is not the first time Nissan India has recalled the cars, last year around 9000 units of same models had been recalled over flawed airbags.
The owners of affected vehicles need not worry as the faulty engine switches will be replaced free of cost at the authorized Nissan dealerships. The faulty airbags affected vehicles constitute a small number of the total recall. The airbags are made by Takata, who have been in controversies for the past year or so.
However, Nissan is not the only car maker to be affected by Takata manufactured airbags, In May 2015, Honda had recall the 11,000 units of Accord, CR-V and Civic manufactured between 2003 and 2007 to replace Driver and passenger side airbag inflator. The faulty airbags can exert too much force to inflator which could even result in explosion. Till date, 130 injuries and 8 deaths have been reported due to faulty airbag inflator globally but not in India.
A company Spokesperson said, “Nissan is committed to a high level of customer safety, service, and satisfaction and is working with its dealers to promptly address this issue,”. The spokesperson also said that the authorized Nissan retailers will rework the engine switch at no cost to the customer to avoid excessive interference.
Interestingly, ever since the auto industry body SIAM started voluntary vehicle recalls for safety related issues in India in July 2012, over seven lakh vehicles have been recalled by various manufacturers in India including Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Toyota, Audi, BMW and many more.
|Comparison of Nissan Micra|
|Comparison of Nissan Micra variants|