Less than two weeks after the 2012 Nissan Versa was recalled for a transmission problem, the Versa and the 2012 Nissan Altima are being recalled for a flaw in the vehicles' airbag system -- the same flaw that caused last week's recall of two Subaru models.
According to a bulletin from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the side-curtain airbags in the 2012 Altima and Versa are equipped with an incorrect mixture of propellant, which is the substance that helps those airbags deploy. Without the right propellant, the side-curtain airbags may not inflate properly, or in certain cases, they may not deploy at all.
All told, 976 vehicles are affected by the recall.
Sound familiar? It should. It's exactly the same problem that resulted in last week's recall of the 2012 Subaru Outback and Legacy. Though the NHTSA doesn't identify the manufacturer of the faulty airbag systems, chances are good that these four vehicles aren't the only ones using them. We wouldn't be surprised to see similar recalls issued for other vehicles in the near future.
If you drive a 2012 Altima or Versa, Nissan says that you should receive an official recall notice next week. At that time, you'll be able to take your car to a Nissan dealer, who will replace one or both of the side-curtain airbag modules as necessary.
Should you have questions in the meantime, you're encouraged to call Nissan at 615-725-1000, or ring the NHTSA at 888-327-4236 and ask about recall #12V055000.