It is with great concern that we are reporting on two Nissan auto recalls associated with potentially defective systems that could help to expose passengers to major injury risks.
While at least two auto recall campaigns have been launched separately, both are associated with the same type of problems.
The first recall announcement launched by Nissan lists several models of vehicles, amounting to 3,177,645 units that have been impacted by the recall campaign.
The official announcement published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has indicated that the 2016 and 2017 Nissan Maxima, the 2013 through 2016 Nissan Altima, NV200, LEAF and Sentra, the 2013 through 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, 2014-2016 Nissan NV200 Taxi, Infiniti QX60 and Q50, 2014-2017 Nissan Rogue, 2015-2016 Nissan Murano, Chevrolet City Express and 2013 Infiniti JX35 vehicles have all been fitted with front passenger Occupant Classification Systems (OCS) that may not be able to correctly assess whether an occupant is using the front passenger seat due to the fact that the passenger may be a child or a lighter adult. If that’s the case, the system won’t trigger the passenger air bag in the event of a crash, increasing the risk of a possible injury that could even be fatal depending on the gravity of the impact.
While consumers will be contacted by the manufacturer behind their vehicle, Nissan has announced that all impacted vehicle owners will eventually be contacted directly. So far, however, no notification schedules have been released.
Both General Motors and Nissan should be contacting consumers once remedy is available for all impacted vehicles.
The second recall campaign launched by Nissan impacts over 622,110 vehicles nationwide. According to the NHTSA, the recalled vehicles also come with OCS systems that may incorrectly classify installed Child Restraint Systems. If the frontal passenger seat bracket becomes deformed the OCS system will not be able to ensure the air bag is turned off in case of crash since it may not read if the seat is being used to hold a car safety seat. If that’s the case, the air bag may deploy in a crash and the child in the car seat may be exposed to injuries that could even turn out to be fatal.
Impacted vehicles include the 2013 through 2016 Sentra units. Consumers with the recalled units will be contacted by Nissan toward the end of June. A second announcement will be sent to consumers directly once the firm has enough remedies for all recalled vehicles. Once you’re contacted by the company the second time, schedule a visit to a local dealer where the seat belt bracket will be reinforced and the ACU and OCS Electronic Control Units will be reprogrammed entirely for free. Do not wait until your child is injured to act. Contact Nissan if you have any concerns associated with this recall.
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