Nissan has recalled nearly four million cars due to major safety problems.
The recall is for passenger airbags or seat belts that may not work properly in a crash and may lead to serious injuries or fatalities.
A mass of safety problems have hit automakers in the past year to include Acura, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Lexus, Mazda, Toyota and other car manufacturers recalling cars over air bag problems. The Nissan problems are unrelated to the other air bag issues.
According to the Associated Press, Nissan North America, Inc. said that over three million cars may have a problem with a sensor that detects if the front passenger seat is occupied and if that passenger is an adult or a child. Defective sensors think that an adult is a child or classify the seat as empty, which turns off the air bag.
The recall applies to certain cars of 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.
“I know that Nissan is working on this,” said Nissan of Newnan Service Manager Melissa Giles. “Not everyone is affected by this recall. They’re working on it as quick as they can and they are sending notices out to those affected by mail. That could take up to 60 days.”
No notice has been made by Nissan as to how quickly the repairs can be made.
Nissan is also recalling another 620,000 of its 2013-2016 Sentras.
The air bag sensor isn't turning off properly. The front passenger seat belt bracket may become deformed if it is used to secure a child restraint system. That deformed seat bracket might then cause the airbag to stay on when it should be off.
Nissan is still working on fixing the problem and is warning owners not to install child restraint systems in the front seats.
After car owners receive a initial letter of the recall, a second letter will follow once it figures out a solution, which will be free to fix.