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Nissan recalls 3.8 million cars over defective airbags

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TOKYO — Nissan says it will recall more than 3.8 million vehicles, mostly in North America, because the passenger-side airbag may not deploy in a crash due to a defect in the seat sensor.

The Japanese automaker said the global recall would cover 2013-2017 including some Nissan Altima, Leaf, Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder, Sentra and Rogue models.

“This recall will affect approximately 3.5 million Nissan vehicles and approximately 381,000 Infiniti vehicles globally,” the company said in a statement, adding that more than 80 per cent of them were sold in North America.

It said a fault in the sensor which registers when the passenger seat was occupied could lead to failure to deploy the airbag in the event of a collision.

The firm said it was developing a fix and would notify dealers in late May.

It was not immediately clear if the recall involves auto parts giant Takata, which was fined $97 million for covering up design faults in airbags that led to the deaths of at least eight people.

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Two held on charge of girls trafficking

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BETRAWATI— Police have arrested two persons for their alleged involvement in trafficking five adolescent girls aged between 13 to 16 — to India.

The arrestees have been identified as Nirmal Biswakarma (23) of Bheriganga Municipality-12 of Surkhet and Bikas Pyakurel (20) of Chaughada in Likhu Rural Municipality-4 of Nuwakot.

The Surkhet Police had arrested Biswokarma from his home while rescuing the captive girls on Friday and produced him before court on Saturday.

Likewise, acting on the statement of the captive girls, police arrested Pyakurel from Battar Bazaar, Nuwakot on Sunday.

According to District Police Office Chief Basanta Kunwar, a case related to human trafficking was registered against them on Sunday and investigation into the case was expedited from the Nuwakot District Court.

It has been learnt that the duo lured the girls, on their way to play Bhailo on Laxmi Puja, by promising them good jobs in India and transported them to Surkhet.

The rescued girls have been kept at a shelter of Women and Children Service Centre of Nepal Police.

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