Nissan North America is recalling 2017-2018 Infiniti QX30 crossovers because poor grounding of steering components could cause the driver’s-side airbag to deploy, potentially injuring the driver and resulting in a crash.
The company notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last week after receiving information about the potential problem in September from supplier Daimler AG.
Nissan said 17,507 vehicles are affected. Vehicle owners will begin to receive notifications about the problem and how to get repairs on Dec. 18.
The driver’s-side airbag can deploy if an electrostatic charge occurs that cannot be led to ground and the airbag clock spring is broken.
No incidents related to the condition have been reported on Infiniti vehicles, but the company said it is recalling the vehicles to make sure none occur.
Dealerships will install a commutator ring to ensure proper grounding of the steering column, Nissan said in its notice. Parts availability is under study.