Nissan Recalls Some of Their Best-Selling Cars


Nearly 1 Million Vehicles Recalled Due to Airbag Failure

Nissan is recalling 1 million vehicles due to a dangerous flaw in the software that controls the airbag systems. This defect may prevent front passenger seat airbags from deploying during a car accident.

The faulty software may be unable to detect if a passenger is sitting in the front seat or not. In a collision, this miscalculation could prevent the airbags in the front passenger seat from inflating. Without the protection of an airbag, passengers would have a far greater risk of suffering life-threatening injuries in these vehicles.

The almost 1 million Nissan and Infinity vehicles involved in the recall include some of Nissan's best-sellers:

  • 2013-2014 Nissan Altima
  • 2013-2014 Leaf electric
  • 2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2013-2014 Nissan Sentra
  • 2013 NV200/Taxi
  • 2013 Infiniti JX35/ 2014 QX60
  • 2014 Infiniti Q50

According to the automaker, some accidents have been reported, but so far they are unaware of any injuries or deaths associated with the malfunctioning airbags. Nissan maintains that the airbag system is more likely to malfunction if front-seat passengers sit at unusual postures or if high engine vibration occurs.

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Source: “Nissan recalls nearly 1M cars for air bag failure.” March 26, 2014.