Nissan recalls 3.8 million cars

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Nissan North America has issued 2 separate recalls related to airbags for nearly 3.8 million Nissan and Infiniti cars, as well as a Chevrolet model that is built at Nissan’s factory.
The larger recall affects 3,177,645 cars for a problem with the front passenger seat Occupant Classification System, which may incorrectly classify an adult passenger as a child or classify the seat as empty, resulting in the front passenger airbag being turned off and not deploying in a crash. The cars affected by the recall include some models of:

  • 2013 Infiniti JX35
  • 2013-2016 Nissan Altima, NV200, Leaf and Sentra
  • 2013-2017 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2014-2016 Nissan NV200 Taxi, Infiniti QX60 and Infiniti Q50
  • 2014-2017 Nissan Rogue
  • 2015-2016 Nissan Murano and Chevrolet City Express
  • 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima

The 2nd recall affects 622,110 Nissan Sentras from the 2013 to 2016 model years that were manufactured between June 13, 2012, and April 14, 2016. In these cars the front passenger seat belt bracket may become deformed if it is used to secure a child’s car seat. The deformed bracket can, in turn, result in the Occupant Classification System incorrectly classifying the car seat as an adult passenger, resulting in the airbag not being turned off as it is designed to do in this situation.

Nissan will notify all owners and provide instructions for taking their cars to be repaired when it has the parts.

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Tara Baukus Mello writes the cars blog as well as the weekly Driving for Dollars column, providing both practical financial advice for consumers as well as insight into the latest developments in the automotive world. Follow her on Facebook here or on Twitter @SheDrives.