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Infiniti recalls late model QX56 & QX80 over exploding Takada airbag parts

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On: Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 5:16PM | By: Teddy Field

Infiniti recalls late model QX56 & QX80 over exploding Takada airbag parts

The Takada airbag debacle continues, as Infiniti voluntarily recalls its flagship luxury SUV. Nearly eight million vehicles have already been recalled to fix the faulty Takada rupturing airbag inflators. Many Infinitis have been included in that massive recall, and they’ve just added a few more to the list. Although the exploding pipe-bomb-in-the-face risk is the same, this is actually a different problem…

The initial Takada recall stems from improperly handled chemicals that were used to inflate the airbag. In a crash, the over-pressurized chemicals could rupture their metal cannister, launching metal fragments into the cabin. Several injuries and deaths have been linked to this quality control-related defect. This new problem is caused by Takada geniuses using the wrong baffle on the driver-side inflator, which can cause the cannister to explode in much the same way. However, this is a completely separate issue, affecting different parts.

Affected models include 1,848 copies of the 2013 Infiniti QX56 & 2014 Infiniti QX80. Nissan says that replacement parts are not yet available, but owners can request a loaner from their Infiniti dealer until a non-explosive airbag inflator can be installed. So far, no injuries or deaths have been linked to this issue. Owners can expect to hear from Infiniti soon.

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