2012 Nissan Altima, Versa: Recall Alert

February 18, 2012

Nissan is conducting a voluntary safety recall of certain 2012 model year Altima mid-size sedans and Versa subcompact cars over concerns about a side curtain airbag defect.

A notice on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site lists the number of potentially affected units at 976. Documentation from Nissan indicates that approximately 728 Nissan Altima and approximately 248 Nissan Versa vehicles are potentially involved.

2012 Nissan Versa Sedan

2012 Nissan Versa Sedan

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Affected Altima vehicles were manufactured from November 30, 2011 through December 4, 2011 at Nissan Mexicana, S.A., De C.V. in Mexico. Affected Nissan Versa vehicles were manufactured from November 21, 2011 to December 21, 2011 at Nissan North America, Inc., in the United States.

The problem

At issue is that these vehicles, which may be equipped with side curtain airbags, may contain an incorrectly specified propellant mixture. As a result of this condition, the curtain airbag inflators may not properly deploy in the event of a side impact crash. This could increase the risk of occupant injury.

The automaker says that no other Nissan vehicles are affected by this issue because the out-of-specification component subject to this recall is unique to these vehicles in this production range.  

What Nissan will do

Nissan will notify owners of affected vehicles and dealers will replace one or both side curtain airbag modules, as necessary, free of charge. The Nissan safety recall is expected to begin on February 27, 2012.

In the meantime, owners of 2012 model year Nissan Altima or Versa vehicles with any questions or concerns may contact Nissan at 1-615-725-1000.

Alternatively, owners of vehicles involved in the campaign may contact the NHTSA’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 or go to https://www.safercar.gov.  Reference the NHTSA campaign ID No. 12V055000.

Note that this is the second recall campaign this month on the 2012 Nissan Versa. Just a week ago, the NHTSA issued recall campaign ID No. 12V032000 for a potential transmission flaw that could allow the vehicles to be shifted out of park without the driver depressing the brake pedal.

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