Nissan India has made an announcement that it will recall approx. 9000 units of its Micra hatchback and Sunny sedan in order to replace the defective airbags. The airbag manufacturer for the company is Takata and it suspects that airbags many fail due to corrosion and could spray shrapnel to passengers upon deployment. The India-made Sunny and Micra, under recalling process, are manufactured between 2008 and 2012.
A company official was heard saying, "Nissan plans to begin notifying customers soon. Nissan dealers will replace the driver airbag inflator with a correctly manufactured part at no cost to the customer." This recall not only affects India but also multiple international markets as the India-made products are also exported there. Nissan is recalling over 2.6 Lakh cars globally due to this airbag problem and it include models like Note, March/Micra, Sunny/Almera/Versa, Patrol and Cube. Ever since auto industry body SIAM started voluntary vehicle recall for safety related issues in India in July 2012, over seven lakh vehicles have been recalled by various manufacturers including Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra & Mahindra, Toyota, Ford, Honda and General Motors.
Country's largest automajor, Maruti Suzuki, recalled over 69,000 units of Swift, DZire, and Ritz last month for the repairing of wiring harness fitment. All these recalled vehicles were said to be manufactured between March 2010 and August 2013. Earlier this year, in the month of April, Maruti recalled over 1 Lakh units of Swift, DZire and Ertiga for the replacement of faulty fuel filler neck and the recalled vehicles were manufactured in a time bracket of November 12, 2013 to February 4, 2014. The government is in process of framing a mandatory recall policy that would entail penalties as part of the new Central Motor Vehicle Rules.