Nearly 45,000 Nissan Titan pickup trucks have been recalled due to rear seatbelt problems, which may result in passengers not being adequately protected from hitting their head against the metal bolt assemblies in the event of an accident.
The Nissan Titan seatbelt recall was announced by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on August 8, after the agency determined that the design failed to adequately restrain vehicle occupants and protect against auto accident head injuries.
According to the recall notice, the Titan trucks fail to comply with Occupant Protection in Interior Impact rules of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS). The NHTSA has determined that the rear seat belt design may allow passengers using the rear seat belt to hit their heads on the D-ring bolt trim cap, increasing the risk of a head injury.
The recall includes an estimated 44,264 model year 2016 through 2017 Nissan Titan Crew Cab and Titan XD Crew Cab trucks that were manufactured by Nissan North America Inc., and distributed across the United States to licensed Nissan dealers.
Nissan announced it has begun notifying dealers of the issue and plans to notify owners within 60 days by written correspondence detailing the issue and instructions on how to schedule a free repair at their local dealer.
Dealers will be instructed to install energy absorbing material to the C-Pillar Finishers and replace the seat belt bolt cap to prevent trauma injury, free of charge. The recall is anticipated to begin on September 26, 2017. Customers with additional questions or concerns regarding the recall may contact Nissan Customer Service at 1-800-647-7261 and reference the recall number R1719.