2013 Nissan Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder, Sentra and Infiniti JX35 Vehicles Recalled


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    Nissan is recalling the 2013 Nissan Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder, Sentra and Infiniti JX35 because of a faulty front passenger airbag. | March 13, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Nissan is recalling the 2013 Nissan Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder, Sentra and Infiniti JX35 because of a faulty front passenger airbag.
  • Nissan told federal safety regulators it has not yet determined the number of vehicles involved in the recall.
  • The recall is expected to begin in early April.

WASHINGTON — Nissan is recalling the 2013 Nissan Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder, Sentra and Infiniti JX35 because of a faulty front passenger airbag, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Nissan told federal safety regulators it has not yet determined the number of vehicles involved in the recall.

"Sensors within the passenger Occupant Detection System may have been manufactured out of specification," said NHTSA in its summary of the problem. "This may cause the system to malfunction and permanently suppress the passenger airbag. If the vehicle is involved in a crash necessitating airbag deployment and the passenger airbag is suppressed, there may be an increased risk of personal injury."

Nissan said no other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles are affected because this specific Occupant Detection System is not used in any other Nissan or Infiniti vehicles.

Nissan said if the malfunction occurs in the passenger airbag, the Occupant Detection System will permanently suppress the deployment of the passenger airbag regardless of the occupant's weight. The red supplemental airbag warning light will illuminate to warn the driver and the amber front passenger airbag status light will illuminate to alert the front-seat passenger if the problem exists.

Nissan dealers will replace the Occupant Detection System sensors. The recall is expected to begin in early April. Owners can contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Edmunds says: Nissan is still in the process of putting all the pieces together on this recall, including just how many vehicles are affected and when parts will become available.

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