For a two-week period this year, Nissan apparently incorrectly assembled the air bag control unit in both the 2012 Altima and the 2012 NV work van. That's the news from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which today announced a small recall of the two vehicles – the potential number of vehicles affected is just 54.

The faulty ACU installations were done between June 15 and 21, 2011 for the Altima, and June 23 and 28 for the NV. NHTSA says that the unit "will not operate as designed and this issue may cause the air bags not to inflate in a crash ... This could increase the risk of injury." Um, yes. Yes it could.

Still, given some of the major Altima recalls Nissan has had to deal with in the past – hundreds of thousands in 2007 and 20,000 just a few weeks ago – this latest problem should be small potatoes to fix. Nissan will replace the ACUs free of charge starting on or around August 22. You can get more information from NHTSA here.


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      gtv4rudy
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is Nissan ever going to redesign the Ultima all together. It seems this car has been around forever.
        Rodrigo Alvergue
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gtv4rudy
        This design has been around since 2007, with some upgrades to it's sheet metal, all new ALTIMA, NOT ULTIMA, will be coming in 2013, just like the Nissan Sentra, you live under a rock or something??
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nissan really does want to be just like Toyota.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nissan calls GM and left a message "Hey guys, we are recalling Altima airbags, you folks want to meet up at the recall office for the Camaro curtain air bags?" GM guys laughed hysterically and deleted the msg - "That's not how we do things around here"
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sukairain
        [blocked]
        Matthew Artelt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sukairain
        It's not so much that there is a problem with the airbages in the Camaro, but a design flaw. In my Tundra there was a button you could press to disable the rollover sensor when engaged in spirited activity. The Camaro should have the same (and it should also have the inputs to the BCM recalibrated because a sustained slide != a rollover, unless you're in the Dukes of Hazzard).
      dontneedpants
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why even write about negligible recalls?
      • 3 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      They were making 2012 vehicles in 2010? So silly. Also, I was unaware that the NV was already for sale. When did that start?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        [blocked]
        tinted up
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        Agreed the model year cycle has become a little wonky. As for the NV vans, I don't know if anyone cares. I am pretty sure the domestic dealers are willing to cut gross when necessary to prevent their fleet customers from purchasing these vans. American companies need to do what it takes to retain their choke hold on the commercial market.
        Rodrigo Alvergue
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        you need glasses, it does not say 2010 anywhere on this post.......
      Matthew Artelt
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, who forgot to train the new guy before Al went on vacation?
      lne937s
      • 3 Years Ago
      This seems pretty proactive to me. Rather than waiting for complaints to arise, then having an investigation, then fighting the investigation, then have a recall, etc., Nissan initiated a recall when the problem became apparent.
      danrarbc64
      • 3 Years Ago
      They only built 54 in a two-week period? Seriously? That's sad, unless due to the quake in which case it isn't. Gotta keep that in mind here could be a factor.
        Rodrigo Alvergue
        • 3 Years Ago
        @danrarbc64
        54 were affected during that time, not 54 were made during that time, learn how to read.......
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