WASHINGTON — Nissan North America is recalling 45,000 2006 Nissan Sentra cars in an expanded recall of vehicles equipped with defective Takata airbag inflators, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
"In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger-side frontal airbag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants," NHTSA said in its recall summary.
The action follows the injury of a woman in an incident in a 2006 Sentra on March 21.
The affected Sentras were built from January 2, 2006 to August 26, 2006. They were originally sold or currently registered in geographic locations with high absolute humidity.
The areas include Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan, America Samoa, Florida and adjacent counties in southern Georgia, as well as the coastal areas of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Nissan dealers will replace the passenger airbag inflator. A date has not been set for the recall, but Nissan said owner notification will begin as soon as affected owners are identified and will be completed within 60 days.
Nissan told federal safety regulators it anticipates having enough replacement parts on hand and will "address any potential short-term service issues with individual customers on a case-by-case basis."
Owners can contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
Edmunds says: Owners of these cars should schedule a service appointment once they receive their official recall notice. But if you have an immediate concern, it's best to contact your dealer now.