Nissan’s recalled steering wheel logo could fly off in a crash

(CNN) Nissan is recalling more than 400,000 older SUVs, vans and pickups iin the United States as the Nissan decal on the steering wheel may come apart or detach when the airbag inflates.

Car airbags inflate with explosive force in a crash and in some of these vehicles the round Nissan logo or pieces of it can become dangerous projectiles.

Nissan is aware of four injuries reportedly related to this issue, according to a letter the automaker sent to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The problem is believed to exist on only 0.3% of recalled vehicles. Owners of the recalled models will be asked to take their vehicle to a Nissan dealer for parts inspection, although the automaker is still working on a solution.

The logo decal, located on the front of the steering wheel’s horn button, is part of an airbag assembly produced by Nissan supplier Autoliv, which used badging from a second supplier that was not fully identified. According to a Nissan investigation reported to NHTSA, the badges apparently were not produced properly, causing them to become weaker over the years and sometimes show cracks.

The models affected by the recall are 2008 through 2011 Nissan Titan and Frontier pickups and Frontier, Xterra, Pathfinder and Armada SUVs; and 2008 and 2009 Quest minivans.

People with models that may be involved are asked to visit to see if their vehicle is among those being recalled.






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