By on March 24, 2015

2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL, Exterior, front 3/4, Picture Courtesy of Alex L. Dykes

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is looking into Nissan’s March 2014 airbag software recall to determine its effectiveness.

The Detroit News reports the recall — involving the vehicle’s occupant classification system finding the front passenger seat empty when the seat is occupied by an adult; thus, shutting off the passenger-side airbag — affected 989,701 of the following Nissan and Infiniti models:

  • 2013-2014 Altima
  • 2013-2014 Leaf
  • 2013-2014 Pathfinder
  • 2013-2014 Sentra
  • 2013 NV200
  • 2013 JX35
  • 2014 Q50
  • 2014 QX60

The NHTSA’s review of the recall comes after 124 complaints about the problem persisting, even after multiple attempts to rectify the issue. The agency will determine if a new recall is needed.

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One Comment on “NHTSA Investigating 2014 Nissan Airbag Software Recall...”

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    Small potatoes, I suppose. Really, it’s very tough to engineer a car for twenty years’ worth of what-ifs, neglect and outright abuse and have everything go perfectly. It’s also difficult when the automaker has to rely on Tier 1 and especially Tier 2 suppliers for some level of quality assurance, which half of these recalls revolve around a an apparent lack of. So sometimes things slip through the cracks, and recalls are part of a car’s normal life cycle. It’s unfortunate that so many of these recalls revolve around safety items like airbags and seatbelts, but when you have an entire slew of ten-year-old cars that have potentially been driving around with shrapnel cannons affixed to their steering wheels, something like this seems relatively minor. Hopefully people will take it seriously and have their cars fixed ASAP, instead of ignoring it.

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