Sensor problems in Nissan vehicles are causing airbags to fail during a crash, or to deploy when they shouldn’t. As a result, the automaker is recalling approximately 3.2 million vehicles in the United States.
Nissan reports that the occupant sensing system in the front passenger seat of 3.2 million vehicles is faulty and could lead to incorrect deployment or a failure to deploy the airbag during an accident.
At least three crashes have been reported to the automaker in which vehicle occupants sustained moderate injuries when airbags failed to properly deploy. The issue is caused when the occupant sensing system fails to detect a passenger in the seat. Affected vehicles include:
- 2013-2016 Altima
- 2014-2017 Rogue
- 2016-2017 Maxima
- 2015-2016 Murano
- 2013-2017 Pathfinder
- 2013-2016 Leaf
- 2014-2016 Infiniti Q50 & QX60
The recall includes approximately 622,000 Sentras from model years 2013 to 2016 for a separate airbag issue. In these vehicles, a seatbelt malfunction could cause the airbags to inflate during a crash when they should not, such as when there is a child in the passenger seat. Nissan has not yet devised a solution to correct the malfunction and is warning vehicle owners not to install child seats in the front passenger seat.
Automakers Hit Hard with Airbag Issues
The Nissan recall is the latest in a long line of airbag safety issues that has plagued automakers in recent months. Fourteen automakers have recalled millions of U.S. vehicles over the past year for exploding Takata airbag inflators that have caused at least 11 deaths worldwide. The recent Nissan airbag recall is unrelated to the Takata airbag recall.
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