Nis­san re­calls around 105K cars

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - BUSINESS -

DETROIT — Nis­san is re­call­ing nearly 105,000 small cars to re­place Takata pas­sen­ger air bag in­fla­tors that can ex­plode and hurl shrap­nel at driv­ers and pas­sen­gers.

In­cluded are the 2011 Versa sedan and the 2011 and 2012 Versa hatch­back. It only ap­plies to cars that have been reg­is­tered in 42 states and Wash­ing­ton, D.C., as part of a co­or­di­nated phase-in of Takata re­calls.

Takata uses the chem­i­cal am­mo­nium ni­trate to cre­ate a small ex­plo­sion to in­flate the air bags in a crash. But the chem­i­cal can de­te­ri­o­rate be­cause of high tem­per­a­tures and hu­mid­ity and blow apart a metal can­is­ter. At least 23 peo­ple have died world­wide and about 300 have been hurt.

Own­ers will be no­ti­fied by mail, and deal­ers will re­place the in­fla­tors for free. The re­call starts this month.

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