Investigation Opened into Nissan Airbags - Different Ones, This Time

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

In  further news about older Nissan vehicles getting the stink eye from regulators, the NHTSA is investigating over 74,000 decade-old Rogue Select crossovers for unexpected airbag deployment.

Unlike last week’s report about Takata dashboard airbags, it is the sudden firing of side curtain airbags which is causing consternation. Allegedly, there have been reports indicating inadvertent activation of the bags after a door is shut or slammed. Must have been one heckuva an argument for a passenger to slam the door hard enough to set the airbag off. 

It goes without saying that such an event could cause injury to car occupants or result in the obvious loss of air bag protection. There doesn’t seem to be an official recall of the things yet, with several outlets like Automotive News and Reuters describing the campaign as a probe into the issue.

This news is separate from the article from just the other day in which Nissan told owners of several models, some of which dated all the way back to 2002, they should immediately stop driving the vehicles if they remained equipped with recalled and unrepaired Takata airbags. Over 84,000 rigs were part of the announcement. 

Alert readers will remember the Rogue Select as a two-year offering from Nissan, sold alongside a then-newly redesigned model just like General Motors did with numerous models and Stellantis has been doing with the Ram 1500 and Ram 1500 Classic for years. The model year of 2015 say just a single trim, designed to appeal to “price-sensitive” buyers, though the 2.5L four-banger making 170 horsepower could have been lashed to either front- or all-wheel drive.

When new, it stickered for around 20 grand, nearly fifteen percent less than the starting price of a snazzy redesigned Rogue at the time.

[Image: Nissan]

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Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • MrIcky MrIcky on Jun 04, 2024

    Well now I'm waiting for the Toyota/Mazda airbag article- what's going on over there in Japan these days? You'd think they'd want people to live.

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    • Varezhka Varezhka on Jun 05, 2024

      Apparently these (Toyota and Mazda) cars were already tested correctly on their initial launch, and the engineers decided doing the same testing again for a mid-cycle refresh superfluous. So instead they used the airbag crash test to see what would happen if the bag inflated at the wrong timing.

      Similar thing with the incorrect crash testing data. Toyota apparently tested under a more severe testing condition than specced by the government (1800kg crash cart instead of 1100kg, in one example) because the engineers considered the govt. requirement inadequate.

      Breaking of the rule was unfortunate, but it sounds like a case of overzealous regulators and badly written rules, not malice on the automakers' part.

  • Billccm Billccm on Jun 04, 2024

    Didn't Lee Iacocca say way back in 1983 "bombs don't belong in dashboards"?

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