Why was the 2005 Nissan Sentra recalled in 2015?


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The 2005 Nissan Sentra recall occurred in 2015 due to a potentially fatal airbag deployment issue. Over one million cars are eligible for the recall.

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In the event of a crash, the excessive internal pressure caused by the airbag of the 2005 Sentra can potentially fracture the airbag inflator. Fragments from the metal inflator can then hit the driver or the passengers, resulting in serious injury or death. The faulty airbag is on the front passenger's side.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the car as acceptable in frontal crashes and poor in impacts from the sides. The car is especially dangerous for the driver in side collisions, with every body part of the driver at great risk. The 2016 version of the car is considerably safer.

Nissan provides free replacements for the passenger airbag inflator. Nissan owners should call 1-800-647-7251 to have their airbags replaced. Alternatively, the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 offers assistance.

In March 2015, Sabra Wilson got injured due to the faulty airbag. She suffered cuts, burns and partial hearing loss. She reported that the airbag deployed even though there was no passenger in the seat. On May 15, 2015, Nissan announced the recall. The problem occurs due to the airbags produced by Takata. As such, several other Nissan models are also at risk. Some of these models are: The 2003 Maxima, the 2005 FX35 and the 2001 I30.

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