After most major automakers gave up on using airbags from Takata, Nissan also announced that it would not use inflators from the same supplier.
Toyota, Honda and other major car manufacturers have already announced the termination of their partnership with Takata. Now it is Nissan’s time to go the same path, declaring over the weekend that it will not use airbags from the Japanese automotive supplier anymore. “In line with the recent announcement from the United States’ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we have decided to no longer use inflators containing ammonium nitrate in airbags for future models,” said in a statement Dion Corbett, a Nissan spokesman. “We will continue to put our customers’ safety first and work to replace the inflators in vehicles under recall as quickly as possible.” The phase-stabilized ammonium nitrate propellant is believed to be a factor in explosive ruptures that have caused 7 deaths and nearly 100 injuries in the United States.
Nissan said it would have to repeat an inspection of its cars in Japan after a recent incident in which a passenger was injured by a faulty airbag. With Toyota, Honda and Nissan already focusing their attention in arranging partnerships with Takata’s rival companies, other major automakers stated that they would take into consideration breaking up with Tokyo-based automotive supplier. The biggest hit was Honda’s decision, as the carmaker and Takata had a 50-year collaboration. Takata’s shares dropped 6.2 percent in Tokyo trading at the end of last week, which means a negative record of a 39 percent three-day decline.