NHTSA Defect Investigations for the 2005 Nissan Armada

The Office of Defects Investigations (ODI) is an office within the NHTSA which investigates serious safety problems in the design, construction or performance of vehicles. The NHTSA is authorized to order manufacturers to recall and repair vehicles, if the ODI finds a safety issue. NHTSA investigations for the 2005 Nissan Armada, both ongoing and closed, are listed below:

  1. INVESTIGATION: SIDE AIR BAG NON-DEPLOYMENT

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE08004

    • Status:
      CLOSED
    • Date Opened: January 25, 2008
    • Date Closed: May 30, 2008
    • Recall: No recall issued

    Component(s): Air Bags:Side/Window

    Summary: The subject vehicles are equipped with optional seat-mounted side air bags.all vehicles are equipped with standard frontal air bags and side air curtains.installation of the incorrect SRS diagnosis sensor unit does not impair deployment of the frontal air bag and side air curtain in the event of a crash.no reports of non-deployment of the subject seat-mounted side air bags have been received by the manufacturer or by NHTSA.the warranty reports cited above represent vehicle inspections conducted under the service campaign and sensor replacement was required in 32 of these cases.the manufacturer reports a total of 151 sensor units sold as replacement parts for all purposes.investigation disclosed a low incidence of sensor replacement required under the service campaign to date.no incidents of real world non-deployment of the subject air bags were identified.this preliminary evaluation is closed.

  2. INVESTIGATION: ENGINE COMPARTMENT FIRE

    NHTSA Preliminary Evaluation #PE08037

    Component(s): Electrical System:Wiring
    Electrical System:Wiring:Front Underhood
    Engine And Engine Cooling
    Engine And Engine Cooling:Engine

    Summary: On May 30, 2008, the Office Of Defects Investigation (ODI) opened a preliminary evaluation based on consumer complaints alleging that smoke and/or fire erupted in the engine compartment of model year (MY) 2005-2006 Nissan Armada and titan vehicles.by letter dated June 24, 2008, Nissan notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that it will conduct a safety recall (NHTSA #08V284) for MY2005-2006 Nissan titan, Armada and infiniti QX56 vehicles manufactured from March 17, 2005 to August 21, 2006 that are equipped with a 90-watt air conditioning condenser fan.the recall involves approximately 180,664 vehicles.this also includes approximately 5,689 subject condenser fans, some of which may have been installed in MY2004 and pre-March 17, 2005 my Nissan titan, Armada or infiniti QX56 vehicles as a service replacement part.Nissan dealers will install a special thermal protector kit on existing fans that will eliminate the potential for a fire to occur.Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) informed ODI that the 90-watt air conditioning condenser fan was manufactured out-of-specification allowing for excessive water intrusion and inadequate drainage of moisture that may accumulate in the motor as a result of water intrusion or condensation.if sufficient moisture accumulates in the motor without adequate drainage, corrosion may occur.the corrosion can cause an increase in internal friction and an increase in the electrical current draw, resulting in an increase in the temperature of the motor that could melt its wiring insulation and other plastic components and form a gas.if two wires without insulation touch each other and create a spark, this gas could ignite and result in a fire.the action taken by Nissan is sufficient to resolve the issue raised by this investigation.accordingly, this investigation is closed.

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