Nissan Recalls 3.5 Million Faulty Airbags

Nissan Motors has joined the airbag recall to the tune of 3.5 million U.S. vehicles. The problem lies with a faulty passenger seat sensor and is safety critical.

What Is Wrong With the Airbags?

When operating properly, the sensing system is supposed to detect whether the front passenger seat is occupied, empty, or has a child present. The sensor in these recalled Nissan vehicles do not perform this function.

The result is that the airbag – thinking the seat is empty – fails to deploy in a crash.

This defect is different than the more widely reported exploding airbag defect, manufactured by Takata of Japan, which sends shrapnel into unsuspecting drivers.

What Nissan Models Are Associated With the Recall?

Nissan’s recall includes most of its most popular U.S. models, including:

  • Altima
  • Rogue
  • Maxima
  • Murano
  • Pathfinder

Don’t think that spending lots of money on a car will help either.

The recall also includes the luxury models Infinity Q50 and QX60. Even the green, electric Leaf model is implicated and has been recalled.

Other Issues Associated With the Recall

Like other airbag recalls, there are not enough replacement parts to go around. The initial recall is only for 900,000 vehicles manufactured in 2014. Other model owners will have to wait. The recall was ordered by the National Highway Transportation Authority, after complaints by owners.

Still, owners who have had the airbags fixed are reporting continued issues with sensor warning lights. As in prior safety recalls, many owners complain that dealers use the free recalls as an opportunity to sell expensive service packages to customers.

Obtaining the Representation You Deserve

Zukerberg & Halperin, PLLC is a personal injury & auto accident law firm with offices in Washington, DC and Richmond, Virginia. Should you or a loved one have been injured by these defective airbags in a Nissan, you may be eligible to pursue

Additionally, if you have been hurt by any other defective car part or other individuals’ negligence, call our compassionate, yet extremely knowledgeable injury firm. We have 50+ years of combined experience helping clients.

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