Nissan is dealing with two recalls involving millions of vehicles. They deal with serious safety issues involving passenger side airbags or seat belts that could fail in a crash. The airbag issues are not related to Takata.
The recalls involve 13 different models.
AIRBAG SENSOR ISSUE
The biggest involves more than 3.1 million Nissan and Infiniti models to fix a faulty airbag sensor in the passenger seat. If could malfunction and not detect if anyone is in the front seat, or whether the person is a child or an adult. If defective sensors incorrectly think that an adult is a child or classify the seat as empty, the sensor could turn off the air bag.
The vehicles impacted are:
- 2016–2017 Nissan Maxima
- 2015–2016 Murano, Chevrolet City Express
- 2014–2017 Rogue
- 2013–2017 Pathfinder
- 2014–2016 Infiniti QX60 and Q50
- 2013–2016 Altima,NV200 (including the taxi model starting in 2014), Leaf and Sentra
- 2013 Infiniti JX35
According to Car and Driver, this is the third recall over the same sensors since February 2013. To this date Nissan and NHTSA know of at least 3283 complaints and warranty claims for OCS failures after the repairs were completed. At least one person has been injured as a result of the defect.
SEAT BELT ISSUE
The second recall covers 622,110 Nissan Sentras from model years 2013-2016 to fix an issue that puts small children in danger in the front seat.
A problem with the seat belt mounting system could end up tricking the front passenger air bag into thinking an adult is sitting in the seat, not a child. If the airbag deploys, a child could be injured. Nissan will fix the the seat-belt bracket so it won’t trick the sensor.
Owners will be notified and fixes will be free of charge.