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article imageNissan recalls over 1 million vehicles

By Joe Duarte     Mar 26, 2014 in Technology
Nishiku - Nissan is recalling over 1 million vehicles worldwide in order to fix a glitch that could prevent the passenger-side front airbag from deploying, increasing the risk of serious injury in a crash.
The recall affects 1,053,479 vehicles from model years 2013 and 2014 sold in various countries, with the vast majority in the U.S. and Canada (989,701 and 60,022 in Canada).
In documents filed with the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Nissan identified a problem with the software detecting the front passenger’s seat as unoccupied when there was an adult seated. The seat is classified as “empty” if the weight of the occupant does not exceed a certain threshold, and the airbag will not deploy in a crash. This is meant to protect occupants of smaller stature who might otherwise be injured by the airbag deployment, as well as to save repair costs in a crash (the airbag literally tears the dashboard apart when it deploys).
The company says it is aware of two incidents involving non-deployment of the passenger’s side airbag when there was an adult seated in the corresponding seat, but Nissan says it could not ascertain whether they were related to the glitch.
In March 2013, Nissan had recalled Altima mid-size sedans, Leaf electric cars, Sentra compact cars, and Pathfinder and Infiniti JX35 utility vehicles from model year 2013 to address a faulty front passenger’s seat sensor that could prevent the airbag from deploying (there is a warning light that says the airbag is not armed). Apparently, the company received some complaints of the issue still present in vehicles that had the sensor replaced, so it is now looking at the software.
In addition to vehicles recalled in 2013, this latest action expands to include NV200 cargo vans, and Infiniti Q50 sedans and QX60 crossovers (the rebadged JX35).
Owner notifications are expected to begin in mid-April.
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