Today, Nissan announced the recall of 242,720 trucks and SUVs for a potentially serious airbag complication caused by the corroding effects of repeated exposure to road salt. According to the recall, heavy concentrations of road salt result in a mixture of snow/water and salt that, if penetrates the front crash-zone sensor housing, can accelerate the rusting process and interrupt the signal, possibly rendering the airbags defective altogether. Given that only certain parts of the country are exposed to wintry conditions that necessitate the use of road salt, the recall is only effective for those vehicles either sold or registered in the Northeastern/Midwestern states (CT, DE, IL, IN, IA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, VT, WV, WI, DC), and includes all Frontier, Pathfinder, and Xterra models manufactured from 2005-2009.
To correct the problem, Nissan will outfit the affected units with a redesigned airbag sensor and will extend warranty coverage of the new sensor for another 10 years.
Source: NHTSA via AutoNews