The metal inflators contain the explosive propellant chemical ammonium nitrate, which degrades over time. A small fender-bender can cause the airbag inflator to blow up and send shrapnel into occupants.
Nissan says various areas of the U.S. are affected by the Takata recall.
Model year 2011 Nissan Versas and 2011--2012 Nissan Versa hatchbacks are being recalled if they were ever registered in the following states:
Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Nissan is also recalling certain 2010--2011 Nissan Versa sedans and 2010--2012 Nissan Versa hatchbacks that have ever been registered in:
Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Nissan dealers will replace the front passenger airbag inflators starting in July 2018, but concerned owners may call Nissan at 800-867-7669.