WASHINGTON — Nissan North America is recalling 1,848 2013 Infiniti QX56 and 2014 Infiniti QX80 SUVs for a problem with airbags supplied by Takata, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Nissan issued a stop-sale order on the vehicles to dealers on October 23, according to a document filed with the federal government.
"In the affected vehicles, the driver's frontal airbag inflator may have been manufactured with an incorrect part," NHTSA said in its summary of the problem. "In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the driver's airbag, the incorrect part may block the flow of propellant to the airbag and the airbag's inflator may rupture.
"The rupture could cause metal fragments to strike and potentially seriously injure the vehicle occupants."
Infiniti told federal safety regulators that this new recall "is unrelated to two earlier campaigns that involved Takata passenger front airbag inflators on some older model Infiniti vehicles. This issue involves a much newer inflator and is a different, more isolated, Takata quality control issue."
"Infiniti is unaware of any injuries that may have been caused by this issue," wrote Infiniti spokesman Kyle Bazemore, in response to a query from Edmunds.
The automaker said in federal documents that the vehicles are safe to drive, but it is encouraging dealers to provide loaner vehicles.
"If a client brings their vehicle to the retailer and is afraid to drive it, after learning of the recall, retailers should provide them a vehicle to use until their vehicle can be repaired," the automaker told NHTSA. "If the vehicle is not at the retailer, arrangement should be made to pick up the client's vehicle and a loaner vehicle dropped off for the client to use.
"Retailers will be able to seek expense reimbursement under the campaign."
Infiniti said parts are not "immediately available." It said it is working with Takata to "expedite availability."
The affected Infiniti QX56 SUVs were built from September 1, 2012 to April 26, 2013.
The affected Infiniti QX80 SUVs were built from June 18, 2013 to February 11, 2014.
The automaker said none of the potentially defective airbag inflators were installed in any other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles in the U.S.
Edmunds says: Customer notification is expected to begin in mid-November. But if you have an immediate concern about this recall, it's best to contact your dealer now.