The Problem: In 2013-2014 Nissan Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder, Sentra models, as well as 2013 Nissan NV200, 2013 Infiniti JX35, 2014 Infiniti QX60, and 2014 Infiniti Q50 models, there is a potential Occupant Classification System software glitch that could improperly deactivate the passenger airbag. If a passenger sits down in the passenger seat while the engine is idling with high vibrations, or if the passenger sits with an unusual posture, the vehicle’s seat sensor may not identify the seat as occupied and in turn deactivate the airbag.
The Fix: It is unknown exactly what percentage of vehicles recalled will actually contain software in need of repair, but Nissan and Infiniti still plan to notify owners of the issue, and dealers will perform an update to the vehicle’s software at no cost. The updated algorithm will contain fixes that more accurately account for vehicle vibrations at idle and unusual occupant posture. The recall will likely begin in mid-April.
Number of Vehicle Potentially Affected: The vast majority of vehicles facing a potential passenger occupancy sensor issue are Nissan Altimas. Of the total 989,701 vehicles potentially at risk across the Nissan and Infiniti brands, 544,139 are 2013-2014 Nissan Altimas. The next largest group of vehicles with possible issues is the 2013-2014 Nissan Sentra, from which 182,569 vehicles will be recalled.