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Nissan Altima recall 14V138000

Passenger Airbag
Body, Interior & Misc., March 25, 2014

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The passenger airbag may not deploy as expected in the event of a crash.


Nissan will notify the owners of affected vehicles beginning mid-April, 2014. If you don't receive notification and believe you should have, please contact your Nissan dealer for further instruction. They may ask for your vehicle identification number (VIN), so please have it handy when you call.


The airbag system uses a sensor in the front passenger seat to detect if the seat is occupied by an adult. The affected vehicles are being recalled because this sensor, part of the occupant classification system (OCS), may incorrectly identify the passenger seat as empty when it is actually occupied by an adult. When the passenger seat is determined to be empty, the passenger airbag is disabled. Failure of the passenger airbag to properly deploy when necessary would increase the risk of injury to someone seated in the passenger seat in the event of an accident. Dealers will update the OCS software to correct this concern.

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Model Year(s): 2013, 2014

Mfr's Report Date:
March 25, 2014

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 14V138000

NHTSA Action Number: N/A

Component: AIR BAGS , ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected: 989701

Summary: Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 Altima, LEAF, Pathfinder, and Sentra, model year 2013 NV200 (aka Taxi) and Infiniti JX35 and model year 2014 Infiniti Q50 and QX60 vehicles. In the affected vehicles, the occupant classification system (OCS) software may incorrectly classify the passenger seat as empty, when it is occupied by an adult.

Consequence: 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.

Remedy: Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will update the OCS software, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in mid-April 2014. Owners may contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Notes: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Recall data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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