Though airbag related, it has nothing to do with the ongoing Takata exploding airbag scandal. Infiniti’s latest recall for the QX30 was issued because the driver airbag of affected vehicles may accidentally deploy. This could potentially injure said driver and even increase the risk of a crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) summarised the cause of this problem on their recall notice; “the driver's air bag may unexpectedly deploy due to insufficient grounding of the steering components if an electrostatic discharge occurs and the air bag clockspring is broken.”
In light of this, Infiniti is recalling 17,507 potentially affected QX30 vehicles that were produced from August 10, 2015, to June 16, 2017 for repairs and a stop sale has been issued. Free of charge, your local dealership service center will add a commutator ring to the steering column, which should provide sufficient grounding.
Owners of affected vehicles will not be contacted by Infiniti until December 18, though you may contact Infiniti customer service at 1-800-622-6200.
Seems like the Infiniti QX30 is having a bad year when it comes to airbags. First it was the driver-side curtain potentially failing to deploy in the event of a crash and now the driver’s airbag may deploy outside of a crash.