Nissan Canada is recalling more than 40,000 of its Versa cars to replace Takata passenger air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel at drivers and passengers.
A company spokeswoman said certain Versa sedans from the model years 2010 and 2011 and Versa hatchbacks from the years 2010-2012 are affected. The number of sedans totals 2,050 while the number of hatchbacks is 38,553.
About 105,000 of the small vehicles are affected by a similar recall issued south of the border by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“Nissan is accelerating the next phase of the Takata inflator recalls to include additional vehicles ahead of the coordinated remedy schedule set by NHTSA,” Nissan Canada’s Jennifer McCarthy said in an email to Automotive News Canada.
Takata uses the chemical ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate the air bags in a crash. But the chemical can deteriorate due to high temperatures and humidity and blow apart a metal canister. At least 23 people have died worldwide and about 300 have been hurt.
Owners in both countries will be notified of the recall by mail in late June and early July and dealers will replace the inflators for free.
The Associated Press and Greg Layson of Automotive News Canada contributed to this report.