Nissan Motor, Japan’s second largest carmaker, on Wednesday said it will recall about 1 million vehicles worldwide (1,053,479 vehicles), including its latest Altima sedan in the U.S. to fix the software that could deactivate the front passenger airbags.
This is the second time when Nissan is recalling vehicles for the same problem.
“In the affected vehicles, the occupant classification system (OCS) software may incorrectly classify the passenger seat as empty, when it is occupied by an adult.”
The company announced that the vehicles affected are the Altima, Leaf electric car, Pathfinder SUV, NV200 Taxi, and Sentra models from the 2013 and 2014 model years. In addition Nissan says the recall will also include the 014 Infiniti Q50 sedan and QX60 models.
According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration), the Japanese automaker has identified two accidents in which the passenger airbag did not deploy.
Nissan will notify owners and dealers will update the OCS software, free of charge. The recall procedure will start somewhere in April. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.
From the total of 1,053,479 vehicles, 989,701 were sold in the U.S. and about 60,000 in Canada and rest of the world.