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2003-2005 Infiniti Q45 sedans recalled for side air bags that might not deploy

Consumer Reports News: March 05, 2012 11:08 AM

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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Nissan North American has issued a recall warning for 2003-2005 model year Infiniti Q45 cars. The luxury sedans may have electrical wiring that, over time, may develop a resistance which prevents the front seat-mounted side air bags from deploying during a collision.

According to NHTSA, the fault lies with the wiring connectors used in the Infiniti Q45 luxury car. Nissan explained that movement between the connections develops an oxide film between the metal contact points. Over time, that film increases the electrical resistance between the contacts and possibly prevent the electronic trigger of the side air bags when needed during a collision.

Nissan says it believes about 5,777 Infiniti Q45 sedans may have this issue with front side air bag electrical systems. And in 2009 and 2010, it has already fixed about 75 percent of the vehicles affected by this recall. However, it will notify the remaining Q45 owners—about 1,349—of the recall starting March 12.

Owners will be instructed to bring in their recalled Infiniti Q45 sedans to local dealerships. Mechanics there will inspect and modify the side air bag wiring free of charge.

For more information, consumers can call Nissan's toll-free customer service line (800-647-7261) or visit the NHTSA website: www,SaferCar.gov.

Recall: 2003-05 Infiniti Q45 - Air bags, front side; Campaign ID#:12V079000 [NHTSA]
2003-2005 Infiniti Q45: Recall Alert [Family Car Guide]

Paul Eng

   

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