Johannesburg - Nissan said it is "clearly disappointed" with the results of the latest Euro NCAP crash test, where the score for the 2008 Nissan Navara was compromised by the delayed deployment of the airbags.
The Japanese carmaker also said in a statement that it is disappointed that Euro NCAP has not yet published the results of the re-test of the Navara after the carmaker upgraded the airbag control unit software.
According to Nissan the airbag issue applies to a limited number 2008 Navaras that were produced between May and December 2007.
There is no issue with the airbag control unit on Navaras produced from launch in 2005 until May 2007.
Following consultation with Euro NCAP after the results of the first test, Nissan immediately developed and, in December 2007, put into production a software update on the airbag control unit to ensure the airbag performed exactly according to design specifications.
Furthermore Nissan launched a service campaign in December 2007 on all affected Navaras, where owners were urged contact their dealer to update the airbag control settings.
To obtain Euro NCAP?s verification of the effectiveness of the software update, earlier this month Nissan made available to Euro NCAP a Navara with the modified airbag control unit for re-test. The outcome of the retesting will be known in a few weeks.
Nissan said it is confident that the modifications will fully resolved the airbag deployment issue.
However, in full consultation with Euro NCAP, Nissan has opted to expand the scope of the service campaign, as a move to offer maximum reassurance to Navara customers, to include all Nissan Navaras produced from launch in 2005.
Roel de Vries, sales and marketing director for Nissan South Africa said in a statement that the carmaker takes vehicle quality and integrity seriously.
"When the issue of the slightly delayed airbag deployment on 2008 Navaras was identified we immediately developed a counter-measure.
"We have also initiated a service campaign, inviting all owners to have updated software applied to the airbag control unit of their vehicle, so that those owners can continue to use and enjoy the Navara in total confidence. We encourage Euro NCAP to publish the result of the Navara re-test as soon as they have it."