Nissan Is Newest Automobile Maker To Drop Takasa Airbag Inflators

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Nissan announced on Saturday that it will no longer use airbag inflators made by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp.

The company joined Toyota and Honda in the boycott of the company’s products which have come under extensive recalls.

“We have decided to no longer use (Takata’s) inflators containing ammonium nitrate in airbags for future models,” Nissan said in a statement.

“We will continue to put our customers’ safety first and work to replace the inflators in vehicles under recall as quickly as possible,” it said.

U.S. auto safety regulators say Takata’s inflators contain ammonium nitrate which may cause air bags to explode with excessive force, spraying shrapnel in the vehicle and injury passengers.

Since 2008 Takata air bags have been responsible for 30 million vehicle recalls. Defective inflators have been linked to more than 100 injuries and eight deaths.

Realizing the seriousness of the recalls, Nissan also said it would perform repeat inspections of vehicles in Japan to ensure that all airbags in its vehicles are safe for passengers. The repeat inspect was announced after a passenger was injured when her Takata airbag deployed during a collision.

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