Nissan recalling certain 2013 models over air-bag sensor flaw

Article by Christian A., on March 14, 2013

Due to a risk that the front passenger airbag won’t deploy in a crash, five 2013 Nissan models are being recalled. These models include top sellers Altima and Sentra as well as the Pathfinder, Leaf, and Infiniti JX35 that were sold in the U.S. Nissan didn’t announce how many vehicles are covered by the recall or when they were built.

Nissan declined to mention if it is also recalling vehicles in other countries. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said that the specifications for the sensors that detect if there’s a passenger in a seat may not have been met and so, no rider is recognized. This is why the airbag may not deploy if a crash takes place.

The recall is likely to start next month. Documents submitted to the NHTSA don’t mention of the potential defect has resulted to injuries or accidents. Nissan has said that a recall should have been issued on February 21, which is two months after Nissan observed a rising number of warranty claims from owners who claim that their airbag detection dashboard warning was lit, according to documents filed with the NHTSA.

Furthermore, Nissan has recalled around 400 Sentras manufactured from Sept. 11 to Oct. 4, 2013 due to improper sealing of the fuel tanks. When the tanks are full, this may result to a small amount of gasoline leaking.

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