WASHINGTON — Nissan North America is recalling 3,177,645 vehicles in the U.S. because the passenger-side airbags may not work properly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The vehicles are the 2016-'17 Nissan Maxima, 2013-'16 Nissan Altima, NV200, Leaf and Sentra, 2013-'17 Nissan Pathfinder, 2014-'16 Nissan NV200 Taxi, Infiniti QX60 and Q50, 2014-'17 Nissan Rogue, 2015-'16 Nissan Murano, Chevrolet City Express and 2013 Infiniti JX35.
"The front-seat passenger Occupant Classification System may incorrectly classify an adult passenger as a child or classify the seat as empty despite it being occupied," said NHTSA in its recall summary. "As a result, the passenger frontal airbag may be turned off and not deploy in the event of a crash."
If this happens, the passenger is at an increased risk of injury.
"There have been no fatalities associated with this issue," wrote Nissan spokesman Steve Yaeger in response to a query from Edmunds.
He added: "Nissan informed NHTSA that it is aware of at least three crashes where the OCS system did not perform as designed, possibly due to this issue. These incidents resulted in moderate injuries."
This is part of a global Nissan recall of 3.5 million vehicles worldwide.
Yaeger said the planned remedy varies by vehicle and will include software reprogramming in some models and hardware replacement in other models.
Nissan Group is currently developing its remedy plan and will begin notifying dealers in late May. Owners will be notified within 60 days. They will receive interim notification letters, followed by final notification letters once the remedy is available.
Chevrolet City Express owners will be notified by General Motors.
Edmunds says: It will take some time to address this problem with Occupant Classification System. Owners with an immediate concern should contact their dealer now.