Nissan recalls vehicles with defective seat belts

 

Franklin, Tenn. – June 29, 2018 – Nissan North America has recalled a handful of vehicles potentially equipped with defective seat belt assemblies, according to documentation submitted to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The campaign affects 2018 Infiniti QX30 crossover vehicles produced between Nov. 10, 2017, and Feb. 16, 2018. Nissan suspects all of the vehicles involved in the action contain the defective parts.

The Defect

Affected vehicles contain right-hand lower seat belt anchorage components with faulty bolts. The defective fasteners were likely cross-threaded during installation, a condition that may allow lower seat belt anchorage systems to detach in the event of an accident. This defect, therefore, poses a serious safety hazard to occupants, who may be left unrestrained during collisions. It also violates Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards Nos. 208, 209 and 210. FMVSS 208 requires vehicle manufacturers to install proper occupant crash protections, while FMVSS 209 and 210 mandate technically sound seat belt assembly construction.

Despite the danger the defective seat assemblies pose, Nissan has yet to receive field reports connecting these components to any accidents or injuries.

Timeline of Events

In early 2018, engineers conducting post-manufacture vehicle inspections at the Nissan assembly facility in Sunderland, England discovered an Infiniti vehicle with loose right-hand side lower seat belt anchorage bolts. A quick investigation revealed that bolt installation specialists had accidentally cross-threaded these fasteners, making the connected anchorage systems prone to detachment. Following this finding, Nissan engineering teams implement production countermeasures to prevent recurrence. The Japanese automaker also launched a wider inquiry to determine the scope of the issue and assess FMVSS compliance.

On May 29, 2018, Nissan leadership reviewed the results of this investigation and determined that the defective seat belt parts violated FMVSS Nos. 208, 209 and 210. This prompted the company to launch a voluntary safety recall.

Nissan notified dealers of the issue June 9, 2018.

The Solution

Nissan has directed dealers to install retaining plates in affected vehicles to secure the defective seat belt anchorage components, according to an NHTSA recall acknowledgement document. Dealers will perform these repairs free of charge. Nissan has yet to release a customer notification timetable. However, owners in need of assistance can speak with Nissan customer service personnel by calling (800) 662-6200. Owners can also contact the NHTSA directly using the agency’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at (888) 327-4236.

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2017-2018 Infiniti QX30: Recall Alert

Cars.com  – November 6, 2017

2017-2018 Infiniti QX30: Recall Alert

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 17,500 model-year 2017-18 Infiniti QX30 SUVs  The Problem: The driver’s airbag may unexpectedly deploy due to insufficient grounding of the steering components if an electrostatic discharge occurs and the airbag clockspring is broken, increasing the risk of accident or injury.

The Fix: Dealers will add sufficient grounding to the steering components for free.  What Owners Should Do: Infiniti manufacturer Nissan will begin notifying owners Dec. 18. Owners can call Infiniti at 800-662-6200 (select Option 7), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit www.safercar.gov to check their vehicle identification number and learn more.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer. To check for other recalls, and to schedule a free recall repair at your local dealership…

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2017 Infiniti Q50, Q50 Hybrid: Recall Alert

Cars.com – October 2, 2017

2017 Infiniti Q50, Q50 Hybrid: Recall Alert

Vehicles Affected: Approximately 800 model-year 2017 Infiniti Q50 and Q50 Hybrid sedans
The Problem: The driver’s frontal airbag inflator may have been improperly welded. In a crash necessitating airbag deployment, the inflator may crack and release the gas needed to properly deploy the airbag, increasing the risk of an injury.
The Fix: Dealers will replace the driver-side airbag inflator for free.
What Owners Should Do: Infiniti manufacturer Nissan will begin notifying owners Oct. 30. Owners can call the automaker at 800-662-6200 (select Option 7), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4263 or visit www.safercar.gov to check their vehicle identification number and learn more…

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2016-2018 Infiniti Q50, 2017 Infiniti Q60 recalled over stalling concerns

Car Connection -August 8, 2017

2016-2018 Infiniti Q50, 2017 Infiniti Q60 recalled over stalling concerns

Nissan is recalling some 14,192 Infiniti Q50 and Q60 vehicles from the 2016, 2017, and 2018 model years. Documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that, due to a software glitch, those vehicles may be at risk of stalling.
The software in question is found on the cars’ fuel pump control module. Due to some miscalculations involving fuel pressure, NHTSA says that the software “may allow the fuel level in the main tank to be too low to supply fuel
to the engine, causing the engine to stall while driving.” Depending on where the car is when that happens, it could dramatically increase the chance of a collision.
The recall affects the 2016-2018 Infiniti Q50 and the 2017 Infiniti Q60. Nissan will mail recall notices to owners of those vehicles around August 21. After receiving those notices, owners will be able to take their vehicles to Infiniti dealerships for service. Dealers will reprogram the software on the fuel pump control module at no charge…

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