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From Products Liability Law Daily, March 27, 2014

Nissan recalls nearly one million vehicles for airbag malfunction

By Joe Bichl

Nissan North America, Inc., is recalling approximately 989,701 vehicles, including 544,000 Altima sedans, because the front passenger-side air bag might not deploy in a crash, the company said in a report to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Included in the recall are model year 2013-2014 Altima, LEAF, Pathfinder, and Sentra, MY 2013 NV200 (aka Taxi) and Infiniti JX35, and  MY 2014 Infiniti Q50 and QX60 vehicles.

According to Nissan, in the recalled vehicles, the occupant classification system (OCS) software may incorrectly classify the passenger seat as empty, when it is occupied by an adult. The company warned that 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 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.

Contact information. For more information, consumers can contact Nissan at 1-800-647-7261. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit http://www.safercar.gov.

Companies: Nissan North America, Inc.

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