Nissan has recently announced a recall which is involving units as the Sentra, Leaf, Altima, Pathfinder, NV200, JX35, Q50 and QX60 because of a problem with the passenger side airbag systems.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this is one huge recall as it affects no less than 989,701 units in the United States alone. The affected vehicles get passed the 1-million mark globally and the number goes to 1,053,479 units. The recall has been announced because of an issue spotted with the passenger side airbag system, which may deactivate and fail to deploy during a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
“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. If the OCS does not detect an adult occupant in the passenger seat, the passenger airbag would be deactivated. Failure of the passenger airbag to deploy during a crash (where deployment is warranted) could increase the risk of injury to the passenger”, says the NHTSA in its official press release.
The affected Nissan vehicles are from the 2013 and 2014 model years and they include the Pathfinder, the Leaf, the Altima, the Sentra and the NV200 taxis, while the Infiniti ones are from the same 2013 and 2014 model year and they include the JX35, the Q50 and the Q60. Owners of these models will be notified in mid-April and the repairs / replacements will be made free of charge. If you own such a vehicle and you have more questions about this recall you can contact the NHTSA at 1-888-327-4236 or Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.