Bloomberg News report
WASHINGTON (April 17, 2015) — Nissan Motor Co. plans to expand a regional U.S. recall of cars with potentially defective Takata Corp. airbags after a woman said she was injured last month by shrapnel from the device in her 2006 Sentra sedan.
Nissan planned to file an incident report with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) late April 16 to expand its recall, a company spokesman, Steve Yaeger, said in an interview. The expansion will cover Sentras from the 2004 to 2006 model years that weren't part the earlier regional recall, Mr. Yaeger said.
“Before that accident we didn't have enough data to recall,” Mr. Yaeger said. “We're moving as quickly as we can to expand the recalls.”
Regulators are investigating airbag inflators that may malfunction, deploying with so much force that the part breaks and hurls metal shrapnel at the car's occupants. At least five fatalities in the U.S. and more than 100 injuries have been reported industrywide.
Earlier April 16, lawyers for 20-year-old Sabra Wilson — who suffered cuts, burns and partial hearing loss in a March 21 accident in Louisiana — filed a lawsuit alleging the Sentra's passenger-side airbag deployed even though no one was in the seat.