Nissan said it would have to recall some Leaf and Sentra models in the United States because their passenger side airbags might fail to deploy.
Because of an error made by a supplier – that has since been corrected-, Nissan said the front passenger airbag wiring harness connector cylinder might have not been properly plugged and it might disconnect. If this happens, the inflators may not deploy during a crash. The connector may also become partially disengaged, thus affecting the dual-stage deployment. There are some 4,181 units of 2016 Nissan Leaf affected by the recall in the United States, models build from February 24, 2016, to March 23, 2016, and 174 examples of Nissan Sentra, manufactured between February 9, 2016, and March 4, 2016. There are also 8 Leafs and 157 Sentras in Canada.
Nissan said the problem was found during a routine quality inspection of one of its suppliers which discovered that the wiring harness connection to the airbag was harder to connect than normal. The supplier quarantined all modules, informed the automaker and started an investigation, for later on to identify a machining tool setup error to be the root of the problem.
Nissan will notify owners and dealers will inspect the wiring harness connector for proper engagement and, if necessary, replace the passenger airbag module and the main body harness. The recall is expected to begin in late July 2016.