Last updated: 04:52 PM ET, Sat April 30 2016

Safety Concerns Lead to Recall of Nearly 4 Million Nissans

Car Rental & Rail | Amy Coyne Bredeson | April 30, 2016

Safety Concerns Lead to Recall of Nearly 4 Million Nissans

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Because of major safety concerns, Nissan North America is recalling almost 4 million cars, the Associated Press reported.

There are two separate recalls. The car company is concerned there might be a defect with front passenger seat sensors that are supposed to detect if a passenger is in the seat and if the passenger is a child or adult, AP said. If the sensors incorrectly detect that the seat is empty or that an adult in a seat is a child, the air bag would turn off, which could result in serious injuries or deaths.

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The first recall affects 3.2 million cars and applies to only specific cars in the following models: the 2016-2017 Nissan Maxima, 2013-2016 Nissan Altima, NV200, LEAF and Sentra, 2013-2017 Nissan Pathfinder, 2014-2016 Nissan NV200 Taxi, Infiniti QX60 and Q50, 2014-2017 Nissan Rogue, 2015-2016 Nissan Murano, Chevrolet City Express and 2013 Infiniti JX35 vehicles, AP reported.

The second recall is of 620,000 2013-2016 Nissan Sentras, AP said. These cars have the opposite problem as the cars in the first recall. The sensors in the front passenger seats are not turning off when they should.

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Nissan will contact owners of the cars being recalled and offer to fix the problems at no cost, AP reported. However, the company has not yet figured out a solution to repairing the problem in the second recall and is advising owners to only install child restraint systems in back seats.


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