Nissan is recalling certain 2003-2005 model year Infiniti Q45 full-size luxury sedans over concerns about a defect in the wiring connector of seat-mounted side airbags.
A notice in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) site indicates that “a wiring connector for the seat-mounted airbag may experience increased electrical resistance, resulting in the non-deployment of side airbags.”
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Documentation from Nissan sheds further light on the issue, which the automaker proactively notified owners of approximately 5,777 Infiniti Q45 vehicles about, in 2009 and again in 2010. To-date, more than 75 percent of the vehicles have been repaired, which leaves approximately 1,349 remaining Q45s that may have the problem.
Specifically, the defect involves the mounting location in the intermediate connector of the side airbag system. Slight movement of the connector pins against female contacts could occur, resulting in the development of oxide film which may increase electrical resistance and result in insufficient conduction. If this condition occurs, the airbag warning light flashes and the seat-mounted side airbags (SABs) may fail to deploy as designed in a side impact crash. This failure to deploy could increase the risk of personal injury.
Nissan said it has no reports of any injuries or fatalities related to this issue.
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What Nissan will do
Nissan will send another notification to the owners of the remaining 2003-2005 Infiniti Q45 vehicles to take them to an Infiniti dealer. There, the dealer will modify the wiring connector by changing the mounting location and adding epoxy to prevent connector movement. This service will be performed at no charge. The Nissan safety recall campaign on or about March 12, 2012.
In the meantime, owners of 2003-2005 Infiniti Q45 sedans with any questions or concerns may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
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. 12V079000.