NASTF Information Requests

Tracking: 577 Status: Closed
State: CA Name: Craig
Category of Request: Body - Fit & Finish, Glass, Collision Repair Manufacturer: 2009 NISSAN 350Z

Have you checked the OEM website?
Description of Repair unable to perform
Replace Air Bag Drivers Side- at steering column
Description of Information not available
Special Tool Kent Moore J44615(set)
Description of steps taken to obtain information (help/contact function on website, websites, etc.)
Called Nissian Special Tools 800 6622001- Brandon. He states only a Nissian Dealer can buy this tool. Called my local dealer- Puente Hiils Nissian, They told me I cannot buy this or any special tools.
Other Comments or Concerns
This tool is needed for common Steering column repairs
SEE UPDATE 9/13/2016; Skip Potter - 3/25/2014
This anti-theft airbag tool was a special order even for dealers and this appears to be the first request for it by an independent. Nissan, as a result of this NASTF SIR is soon to establish an aftermarket purchase option for this tool.
Skip Potter - 3/27/2014
Client requested SIR remain open until Nissan publishes their process for aftermarket access to TRP items and tools.
Skip Potter - 6/13/2014
OEM indicates that for this air bag tool, the customer must approve a repair center to purchase the SPECIFIC tool for their vehicle. The independent wanted us to sell him a full kit so he would be equipped for any customer, which the maker of the safety bolt kit and tool supplier will not do. Instructions will be clarified in the NASTF newsletter.
Skip Potter - 6/18/2014
NISSAN/INFINITI clarifies their resolution to NASTF SIR#577 explaining that an air-bag locking mechanism manufactured by McGard has been sold on very few Nissan/Infiniti vehicles. Service of air-bags with this mechanism requires a special tool which Nissan makes available to any Nissan or Infiniti vehicle owner whose vehicle is equipped with that McGard locking security equipment. The vehicle owner or an aftermarket service provider acting with the owner may obtain the vehicle-specific "replacement removal key" kit by contacting McGard at 1-716-662-8980. McGard will provide the documentation needed to purchase a replacement removal key on behalf of the vehicle owner.
Skip Potter - 09/13/2016
NISSAN has updated it's procedure for purchase by an independent technician of the special tool necessary to replace an air bag. Customers should contact the Nissan Techmate tool and equipment program (800-662-2001 or The part # of the tool is J-44615.