The firm is investigating the issues surrounding the recall of the Nissan vehicles listed below because of defect in the Occupant Classification System (OCS) in the following models:
1. MY 2013-2014 Nissan Altima
Date of manufacturing - March 6, 2012 to February 12, 2014
2. MY 2013-2014 LEAF
Date of manufacturing - November 21, 2012 to February 6, 2014
3. MY 2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinder
Date of manufacturing - June 20, 2012 to February 6, 2014
4. MY 2013-2014 Nissan Sentra
Date of manufacturing - August 27, 2012 to February 18, 2014
5. MY 2013 NV200/Taxi
Date of manufacturing August 6, 2012 to December 7, 2013
6. MY 2013 Infiniti JX35/ MY2014 QX60
Date of manufacturing - January 24, 2012 to February 6, 2014
7. MY 2014 Infiniti Q50
Date of manufacturing April 23 2012 to January 7, 2014
The crux of this matter is that the Nissan is recalling almost a million cars and trucks, 2013-14 model years, because the front passenger-side air bag might not deploy in a crash. The reason for the defect purportedly is that a software problem in the occupant classification system might not detect an occupant in that seat. The automaker blamed the “sensitivity” of the software calibration, particularly when “a combination of factors such as high engine vibration at idle [sic] when the seat is initially empty and then becomes occupied” or an “unusual” seating posture are factors.
In short, Nissan has placed a defective product into commerce that must be recalled. At least for now, however, Nissan states the passenger might be partially at fault because he/she sits funky or lets the engine idle too long and before allowing a passenger to get in and before the car is turned off and then on again with the passenger in the seat. It seems Nissan has no conception of school pick-up, etc.
If YOU ARE A PERSON OR KNOW OF A PERSON WHO OWNS/OWNED, OR LEASES/LEASED ONE OF THE VEHICLES LISTED ABOVE, PLEASE CONTACT US AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
We beleive this defect exists and side passengers should be placed in the back seat for now. Interestingly, Nissan’s letter to NHTSA coming clean states that it will notify dealers starting April 11 and then owners later in the month.
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