Nissan is recalling more than 3 million vehicles in the U.S. because the front passenger airbag may not deploy in a crash.
The Problem: The front passenger Occupant Classification System may incorrectly classify an adult passenger as a child. Alternatively, the sensors may indicate the passenger seat is empty despite it being occupied. If so, the passenger front airbag may be turned off and not deploy during a crash.
The recall affects 2013-2016 Nissan Altima, NV, Leaf, and Sentra models as well as the 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima; 2013-2017 Nissan Pathfinder; 2014-2016 Nissan NV200 Taxi, Infiniti QX60, and Infiniti Q50; 2014-2017 Nissan Rogue; 2015-2016 Nissan Murano; 2013 Infiniti JX35; and 2015-2016 Chevrolet City Express, which is based on the NV200.
The Fix: Owners will receive notification of the recall within 60 days, followed by a final notification once the remedy is available. Some vehicles will require replacement of the OCS system, while others simply need reprogramming of the OCS and Air Bag Control Unit. Chevrolet City Express owners will be contacted by General Motors.
Number of Vehicles Potentially Affected: Nissan says 3,177,645 units could be affected in the U.S., according to documents filed with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. Additional vehicles are impacted worldwide by the Nissan recalls.