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Second Recall Expected for Nissan Airbags

Alexandrea Messner1 year ago

According to the New York Times, Nissan is expected to repeat a previous recall concerning faulty airbags after the first fix failed to correct the defect.

Details of the Nissan Airbag Recall

Last year, Nissan recalled almost one million vehicles with faulty passenger airbag sensors. The sensors are controlled by a computer program, which would misjudge the weight of the person in the front seat, rendering the system unable to conclude whether it was an adult or child sitting in the seat.

This was problematic as the weight of the passenger determines whether or not the airbag is turned on. If there is a child in the seat, the airbag is turned off as it could injure a child in the event that it is deployed. If there is an adult in the seat, the airbag should be on as it can protect an adult in the event of an accident.

Nissan was supposed to have fixed the recall, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), almost 1,300 complaints have been received stating that the issue was still not fixed. Nissan customers are still seeing the warning that the airbag is off, even when an adult is in the front seat.

Because of this, the NHTSA has decided to delve deeper into their investigation of Nissan. They will “further evaluate the effectiveness of the recall remedy, which will include a thorough review of the countermeasures taken by Nissan and its suppliers.” It is expected that this investigation will prompt Nissan to reissue the recall.

NHTSA Intervention Increasing After Previous Criticism

In the past, the safety agency was criticized by congressional committees and the Department of Transportation’s inspector general for its slowness at recognizing and acting on safety defects. They were also criticized for not using its authority. Since Mark R. Rosekind took over as administrator though, consumer advocates say the agency has become much more aggressive.

According to Nissan spokesman, Steve Yaeger, the automaker “believes the recall remedy was effective and appropriately addressed the safety defect.”

Vehicles Included in the Recall

Recalled vehicles include:

  • 2013 Infiniti JX35
  • 2014 Infiniti Q50 and QX60
  • 2013-14 Nissan Altima
  • 2013-14 Nissan Leaf
  • 2013-14 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2013-14 Nissan Sentra
  • 2013 Nissan NV200

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