Nissan is recalling around 3.53 million vehicles as airbags may not deploy, with most of the affected cars being in the United States.
This particular airbag issue on Nissan’s vehicles dates back to 2013, as the latest related recall is the fourth one over some failures of inflator’s sensors. The main problem is with the occupant classification system of the front seat passenger that may incorrectly identify an adult as a child or classify the seat as empty and, as a result, the frontal airbag may be turned off and not deploy in the event of a crash. There were three injuries reports linked to the issue, but no fatalities.
The new recall affects 3,177,645 vehicles in North America and includes certain model year 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima, 2013-2016 Altima, NV200, LEAF and Sentra, 2013-2017 Pathfinder, 2014-2016 NV200 Taxi, Infiniti QX60 and Q50, 2014-2017 Nissan Rogue, 2015-2016 Murano, 2013 Infiniti JX35 and Chevrolet City Express vehicles, the latter being built for General Motors by the Japanese automaker. The company said that the fix varied by model and would be either a software reprogramming in some cars or a hardware replacement in others.
Separately, Nissan also issued another safety campaign over other airbag failures for 622,110 Sentra sedans in the US. In a notification to the NHTSA, the automaker said “the front passenger seat belt bracket may become deformed if it is used to secure a child restraint system (CRS). The deformed seat bracket may cause the occupant classification system to incorrectly classify the installed CRS, resulting in the front passenger air bag to not be turned off as designed when a CRS is in the seat.” The remedy this time is some reinforcement of the bracket and also some software reprogramming.