Nissan Recalls More Than 3 Million Vehicles on Airbag Issue
System May Not Sense Passenger in Front Seat
Nissan is issuing a recall affecting up to 3.53 million vehicles, the majority of them being in the United States and covering a variety of passenger cars, crossovers, and vans from 2013 through 2017 model years. At issue is the occupant classification system incorrectly identifying an adult front passenger as an infant or sending a signal that the front passenger seat is unoccupied, which could result in the passenger-side airbag failing to deploy in a severe frontal accident. Nissan has received reports of three injuries but no fatalities. Among the vehicles affected are the Murano, Pathfinder, and Rogue SUVs, the NV200 cargo and taxi vans, the Nissan JX35/QX60, as well as the Chevrolet City Express vans.
The recall fix varies by model and may include either software reprogramming or, in some cases, hardware replacement. An estimated 20 percent of vehicles in the U.S. will need hardware replacement. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration elevated the status of an investigation after receiving more than 1,200 complaints and warranty claims. Most noted the airbag deactivation warning light remaining illuminated with the front passenger seat occupied. Nissan previously issued a recall for the OCS in 2014 affecting 999,000 vehicles.