Nissan Recall Under Investigation by NHTSA

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

A past recall campaign by Nissan is under investigation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a probe into a recall conducted in March 2014 that affected nearly one-million Nissan vehicles. The recall, which affected the 2013-2014 Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder and Sentra, 2013 NV200, 2013 Infiniti JX35 and 2014 Infiniti Q50 and QX60 vehicles, may need a new recall fix. In the original recall, the occupant classification system (OCS) software may incorrectly classify the passenger seat as empty even though it was occupied by an adult. As a result, the air bag may not deploy in the situation of an accident.

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Since the recall was launched, NHTSA has received 124 complaints about problems with the system despite getting recall repairs. In some cases, the complaints allege the passenger air bag status light stays on for adult front passengers with other complaints stating that the dealers have made multiple repairs but the problem still lingers. The original recall fix was a software calibration change to improve the OCS algortithm.

The investigation will determine if the Japanese automaker needs a new recall fix.

[Source: The Detroit News]

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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