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Recall 16V242000

Passenger Frontal Air Bag Deploys With Child Seat Installed In Passenger Front Seat

Recall Details

When installing a child seat in the passenger front seat utilizing the child restraint system, a seat belt bracket may become bent, resulting in the the passenger frontal staying active when the occupant classification system should deactivate it. Dealers will reinforce the seat belt bracket as well as reprogram the air bag control unit and occupant classification system electronic control unit free of charge to resolve the concern.

Our Quick Take

The passenger frontal air bag may deploy when it should be deactivated with a child seat installed in the passenger front seat. This is due to a seat bracket becoming deformed when installing the child seat's child restraint system. The deformed bracket will send improper information to the occupant classification system which would allow the air bag to remain powered in an accident. This could result in increased risk of injury to the child in the seat.

What Should You Do?

Recall repairs on your Nissan must be performed by a Nissan dealership. Nissan will begin notifying known owners of affected vehicles in June, 2016. If you do not receive a notification, but wish to check to see if your vehicle is included, please contact one of your local Nissan dealerships. They will also check for any other uncompleted recalls on your vehicle. For best results, be prepared to provide your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to the service department consultant you speak with.

Body, Interior & Misc., April 26, 2016

Original Recall from the NHTSA

Manufacturer's Report Date
April 26, 2016
NHTSA Action Number
EA15004
Potential Number of Units Affected
622,110
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number
16V242000
Component
AIR BAGS
Summary
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2016 Sentra vehicles manufactured June 13, 2012, to April 14, 2016. The front passenger seat belt bracket may become deformed if it is used to secure a Child Restraint System (CRS). The deformed seat bracket may cause the Occupant Classification System (OCS) to incorrectly classify the installed CRS, resulting in the front passenger air bag to not be turned off as designed when a CRS is in the seat.
Consequence
If the frontal passenger air bag deploys in the event of a crash when a child seat is installed in the front passenger seat, there will be an increased risk of injury to the child in the CRS.
Remedy
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will reinforce the seat belt bracket as well as reprogram the Air Bag Control Unit (ACU) and OCS Electronic Control Unit (ECU), free of charge. The remedy is not yet available. Owners will be mailed an interim notification by the end of June 2016 and will be sent a second letter when the remedy is available. Owners are warned not to install a CRS in the front seat. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-867-7669.
Notify
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.
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