Airbags can significantly reduce the chance of death or injury in an accident. Defective airbags, however, can cause serious harm to drivers. The Center for Auto Safety is working to ensure that airbags are properly engineered and truly protect occupants in collisions.

1994, Early 1995 Nissan Air Bags Continues to Jeopardize Passengers; Nissan, Government Must Act

Aug. 7, 2002 Statement of Public Citizen President Joan Claybrook

About a year and a half ago, Public Citizen and The Center for Auto Safety asked the federal government to investigate a spate of severe eye injuries caused by passenger-side air bags in the 1994 and early 1995 Nissan Altima and require a recall. We knew at that time that the air bag's design was defective and that it punched passengers in the eye when it inflates. We knew people were being blinded.

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Defective Nissan Altima Passenger-Side Air Bags Blind People

Defective Nissan Altima Passenger-Side Air Bags Blind People; 1994, Early 1995 Cars Should Be Recalled

Approximately 197,500 Vehicles Still on the Road; NHTSA Investigating

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Public Citizen and the Center for Auto Safety today called on the federal government to recall 1994 and early 1995 Nissan Altimas because their passenger-side air bags are defective and can cause blindness and permanent eye injuries. They also urged people who ride in those Nissan Altimas not to sit in the front passenger seats of the vehicles.

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