General Motors may have been in the headlines lately for its recalls, but Nissan is facing a significant one as well, with almost 1 million vehicles affected. At issue is the passenger-side occupant classification system (OCS), which determines whether the passenger seat is occupied and whether to deploy the passenger-side airbag in the event of a frontal collision. It has been determined that a large number of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles, including the Pathfinder SUV, and related Infiniti JX35 and QX60, and Nissan NV200 van may have faulty OCS software that could result in the airbags not deploying in an accident.
The recall campaign will officially start mid-April, at which point Nissan will notify affected owners by mail. In the meantime, concerned owners can call Nissan at 800-647-7261 or NHTSA's Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236. Nissan will update the OCS software programming at no charge. The recall affects 2013 Infiniti JX35 and Nissan NV200 models, 2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinder, and 2014 Infiniti QX60 SUVs. The recall also affects the popular Nissan Altima midsize sedan, Nissan Leaf electric car, Nissan Sentra compact sedan, and Infiniti Q50 luxury sedan.