WASHINGTON — Nissan North America is recalling 52,738 vehicles, including certain 2003-'04 Nissan Pathfinder SUVs, as part of an expanded recall of cars and SUVs that may have defective airbag inflators provided by Japanese supplier Takata.
The expanded recall also includes the 2004-'06 Nissan Sentra, 2003-'05 Infiniti FX35 and FX45, 2003-'04 Infiniti I35 and 2006 Infiniti M35 and M45, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
About 30,000 of the vehicles were covered by a "regional field action." They are being included in the recall at NHTSA's request, according to a Nissan document filed with the agency.
"A number of these vehicles have already been remedied," Nissan said. "Nissan will send a second notice by FedEx to those owners who have not yet responded to the regional field action to again stress the need to have their vehicles remedied."
The additional vehicles are located in geographic areas of high absolute humidity, including Gulf Coast states in the U.S.
Defective airbag inflators in the vehicles can shoot metal pieces at passengers, "potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants," NHTSA said.
The faulty airbags have been linked to four deaths.
"In the event that a replacement part is not available, as discussed with NHTSA, the dealers may temporarily disable the front passenger airbag and advise the customer not to use the front passenger seat," Nissan said.
The recall is expected to begin sometime in November. Owners can contact Nissan at (800) 647-7261 or Infiniti at (800) 662-6200.
This latest recall follows an urgent consumer advisory issued by NHTSA last month that called for owners of affected cars to schedule repairs quickly.
Edmunds says: If you own one of these cars, the best advice is to contact your dealer ASAP.