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Nissan Recalls More than 3 Million Vehicles for Airbag Issue

Posted on behalf of D'Amico & Pettinicchi, LLC on Apr 29, 2016 in Product Liability

Nissan airbag recall Nissan North America has announced it is recalling approximately 3.2 million cars because of an issue with an airbag sensor that could cause the airbag to fail to deploy during an auto accident.

According to Nissan, the front passenger seat sensor could mistake an adult for a child or classify the seat as empty, and turn the airbag off.

The recall applies to the following vehicles:

  • Maxima, 2016-17
  • Altima, 2013-16
  • NV200, 2013-16
  • LEAF, 2013-16
  • Sentra, 2013-16
  • Pathfinder, 2013-17
  • Infiniti QX60 and Q50, 2015-16
  • Rogue, 2014-17
  • Murano, 2015-16
  • Infiniti JX35, 2013

Nissan intends to notify owners and fix the issue for free. However, it has not been made clear when notifications will be sent out and how quickly repairs can be completed.

Approximately 620,000 more Sentra models are being recalled because the sensor is not shutting off correctly. Unfortunately, this means the airbag might not shut off when it should, such as when a child is seated in the front passenger seat. The company has not yet figured out how to fix this problem and is merely warning owners to not use child restraint systems in the front seat.

Nissan is not aware of any injuries caused by either of these defects. However, this is the third airbag issue Nissan has had to announce in the past three years. Along with a recall for Takata airbags, the auto manufacturer issued a different recall in 2014 for a computer software glitch that could cause airbag deployment failure similar to this latest problem.

As auto manufacturers continue issuing record-breaking recalls, we urge consumers to check for any open recalls on their vehicles.

If you or someone you know is hurt as a result of a defective vehicle part in a car accident, contact our experienced product liability lawyers. We can review your claim to determine if you are entitled to legal recourse.

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