Recall: 1 million Nissans for faulty airbag sensors
Nearly 990,000 late-model Nissan and Infiniti models are affected in the U.S.
Of the 1,053,479 cars recalled worldwide, 989,701 are in the U.S., including the 2013-2014 Nissan Altima, Leaf,Pathfinder and Sentra. The 2013 NV200 and Infiniti JX35, along with the 2014 Infiniti QX60 and Q50, are also included.
Nissan said that high engine vibration during idling and “unusual seating posture” could confuse the sensor and disable the front passenger airbag. The occupant-detection sensor in the front passenger seat measures pressure and switches off the airbag in case the seat is empty or a child is up front. The recall expands and readdresses theairbag sensor recall filed in February 2013 for 82,038 Nissan models except the NV200.
In June 2013, Nissan said it still received warranty claims for faulty airbag sensors and believed the problems were due to people sitting in strange positions. The NHTSA later notified Nissan of airbag complaints, and with further investigation the automaker found at least seven cases where the passenger airbag did not deploy because the sensor recorded the seat empty. Of those seven cars, Nissan bought back four from owners and by February made a software update to the airbag sensor for all production cars.
Starting in mid-April, Nissan will reprogram the airbag sensor to better detect idle vibrations and various additional seating positions. Owners can call Nissan at 1-800-647-7261 for more information.