Nissan Recalls Vehicles Due to Software Glitch that Impacts Airbags

Nissan Recalls Vehicles Due to Software Glitch that Impacts Airbags
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November 3, 2015

A software glitch that may result in airbags failing to deploy is leading to a recall from Nissan North American.

The auto manufacturer is voluntarily recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Altima and Pathfinder vehicles, 2013-2014 Nissan Sentra vehicles, 2013 Infiniti JX35 vehicles, 2014-2015 Infiniti QX60 vehicles and 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid vehicles. The affected vehicles received an incorrect occupant classification system (OCS) control unit during a repair. These OCS control units may incorrectly classify the front passenger seat as empty, when it is occupied by an adult.

If the OCS does not detect an adult occupant in the passenger seat, the passenger airbag would be deactivated. Failure of the passenger airbag to deploy during a crash (where deployment is warranted) could increase the risk of injury to the passenger.

Nissan is recalling about 920 vehicles in connection with this defect.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will update the OCS software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2015.

Owners with questions about the recall can contact Nissan at (800) 647-7261.