Five Nissan Models, Including Infiniti, Recalled For Faulty Airbags

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) (www.nhtsa.gov), several models of Nissan, including the Infiniti, are being recalled for passenger side airbag safety issues. The problem is linked to a faulty sensor which could lead to the passenger side airbag failing to deploy, which could cause a serious risk of personal injury.

The sensor, which is part of the Occupant Detection System (ODS), is supposed to turn the passenger airbag on and off, depending on the occupancy of the passenger seat. The sensor determines the weight of the passenger seat occupant and, as in the case of a child, may turn the airbag off to avoid serious injury. In some cases however, it has been found that the sensor is permanently disabling the airbag from deploying.

The faulty sensor is linked to a manufacturing issue. It is thought that some sensors were not made to specification, causing the malfunction.

Five Vehicle Models Affected By Airbag Recall

Earlier this year, Nissan sent a notification letter to the NHTSA which included detailed notification of the models being recalled by the company.

Included in the recall are 2013 Nissan model Altimas, Leafs, Pathfinders and Sentras. Additionally, model year 2013 Infiniti JX35 crossover vehicles are also affected. No other Nissan or Infiniti products are affected by this recall, as this particular ODS was only used in the mentioned models.

Nissan began its own investigation in December 2012 after noticing an increasing trend in warranty claims regarding the passenger airbag status light. The investigation, involving Nissan and its suppliers, concluded that a change in the manufacturing process of the sensor supplier had affected sensor performance. The safety recall process was initiated in February 2013.

What Customers Should Do

Neither the NHTSA, nor Nissan, has reported receiving any incidents of death or injury related to the defect.

Customers who own the affected vehicles should contact their local Nissan. Nissan is offering to inspect the ODS sensors free of charge. If a sensor is found to be faulty, it will be replaced at no cost. The recall will begin in April 2013.

Resources
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/driveon/2013/03/13/nissan-altima-leaf-pathfinder-sentra-infiniti-jx35-nhtsa-recall-airbag/1986085/
http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchResultsByUrlCode.action?referenceSearch.requestId=1713&referenceSearch.urlCode=PUT2OL6B83UQX7X