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Nissan recalls more than 1M vehicles for air bags

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 08:57 a.m. HST, Mar 26, 2014

DETROIT >> Nissan is recalling just over 1 million cars, SUVs and vans because the front passenger air bags may not inflate in a crash. It's the company's second recall to fix the same problem.

The recall affects the Altima midsize car, Leaf electric car, Pathfinder SUV and Sentra compact models from the 2013 and 2014 model years, as well as the NV200 Taxi van and Infiniti JX35 SUV from 2013. Also covered are the Infiniti QX60 and Q50 SUVs from 2014.

In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan says the vehicles' computer software may not detect an adult in the passenger seat. If that happens, the air bags won't inflate.

Nissan will notify owners and dealers will update the software for free. The recall is expected to start in mid-April.

Most of the vehicles were recalled in February of last year for a similar problem. Dealers replaced seat sensors, but Nissan said it continued to get consumer complaints and warranty claims in vehicles that had been repaired.

Front passenger seats have sensors that determine the passenger's weight and turn off air bags off if a child is on board. The malfunctioning sensors can turn the air bags off even if an adult is in the seat.

Nissan received three reports of air bags failing to inflate in a crash. Spokesman Steve Yeager said in an e-mail that he is not sure if anyone was hurt in those incidents. There have been no deaths due to the problem, he said.

The recall affects almost 990,000 vehicles in the U.S., another 60,000 in Canada and small numbers in other countries, Yeager said.

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awahana wrote:
After owning many brands of vehicles in our family over the decades, such as Toyota and Lexus, I can say that I am disappointed with the quality of our 20k miles LEAF and the level of service of the 3 Nissan dealers in town.
Not as horrid as the two VWs we owned, but nonetheless it is safe to say that this is our first Nissan, and our last.
Not going back to the Toyota family either.
At this rate, its looks like our next purchase will be a Subaru or Tesla.
on March 26,2014 | 08:04AM
1local wrote:
Honda or mazda.
on March 26,2014 | 09:02AM
beachbum11 wrote:
Sorry buy working at a major rent a car, they ALL have major problems. There is not one better then the other. It is how they take care of the problems. Mazda has had major recalls and so have Subaru. Good luck. For me I will stay with our older cars.
on March 26,2014 | 09:26AM
wes wrote:
Agreed beachbum11. People always complain, but they don't realize all cars have issues. It's made up of a lot of parts that have to work together. I currently own a Nissan Frontier and Leaf, both are awesome. Then again, I've always loved Nissan...I did own one Toyota though.
on March 26,2014 | 10:04AM
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