Nissan Recalls 1 Million Vehicles
Earlier this year General Motors released a major recall that affected 1.6 million cars. This recall was due to a faulty ignition switch that causes a car to shut off while driving. It does not allow the air bags to deploy if an accident occurs. Now Nissan is making recalls. In March, the company released a recall for 1 million of their cars for another issue involving air bags.
Nissan’s recall was released regarding a piece of software that notifies the car about who is sitting in its front passenger seat. This software determines whether an adult or a child is sitting in the front passenger seat by sensing the weight of the passenger. Because the risk of injury to a child may increase with the deployment of an air bag, this sensor will shut the air bag off when a child is sitting in the seat. The problem Nissan is having with their software is that even when an adult is sitting in the front passenger seat, the sensor still shuts off the air bag.
The cars included in the recall are best-selling models that have been sold in the last two years. These models include:
- 2013-2014 Altima
- 2013-2014 Leaf electric car
- 2013-2014 Pathfinder SUV
- 2013-2014 Sentra
- 2013 NV200 Cargo
- 2013 Infiniti JX35,
- 2014 Infiniti Q50 and QX60 cars.
Many of these vehicles were recalled in February 2013 for a similar problem, and dealers replaced the sensors in the seat. However, Nissan has continued to receive complaints and warranty claims from vehicles that had received the new sensors.
The recall is expected to start in mid-April and will be of no cost to the consumer. If you own any of these vehicles it is important to keep an eye out for any recall letter and to bring your vehicle to your dealer as soon as possible to have the system updated.
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