Autos Affected: Approximately 989,701 Nissan and Infiniti cars, including model-12 months 2013-14 Altimas, Leafs, Pathfinders and Sentras model-year 2013 Nissan NV200s and Infiniti JX35s and model-12 months 2014 Infiniti Q50s and QX60s.
The Issue: The National Highway Site visitors Security Administration is reporting that the occupant classification sensor software in these autos could incorrectly classify the front passenger seat as empty. If this transpires in a crash, the passenger airbag would not deploy, increasing the chance of injury.
Nissan faced this difficulty once prior to and recalled these autos in March 2013 to resolve the occupant classification system. The automaker says the new issue is a separate one particular. “A mixture of aspects such as high engine vibration at idle when the seat is at first empty and then gets to be occupied, or uncommon occupant seating postures quickly on becoming seated might trigger the OCS to classify an occupied front passenger seat as empty,” the automaker said in a statement to NHTSA.
There have been 2 accidents and a number of buyer complaints related to this problem. “Nissan recognized 2 field incidents the place the passenger airbag did not deploy and the passenger airbag status light was not illuminated,” it said in a statement to NHTSA.
The Repair: Dealers will update the occupant sensor software for free.
What Owners Should Do: Nissan will notify owners beginning in mid-April. Owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261or the Nationwide Highway Visitors Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more info.