US safety regulators probing 2 Nissan air bag sensor recalls: AP

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NHTSA probes Nissan recall of 989,000 vehicles.

(Bloomberg) — U.S. regulators are looking into whether a recall last year by Nissan Motor Co., Japan’s second-largest automaker, failed to fix a flaw in the air-bag control systems on almost 1 million vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a query March 18, citing 124 complaints filed by motorists after the recall began last April, according to a notice posted on the regulator’s website. The auto safety agency said it is reviewing Nissan’s recall in March 2014 of 989,701 2013-2014 Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder, and Sentra, 2013 NV200, 2013 Infiniti JX35 and 2014 Infiniti Q50 and QX60 vehicles because the occupant classification system software may incorrectly classify the passenger seat as empty, when it is occupied by an adult.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV, Honda Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. recalled 2.1 million vehicles in January because of air bags that could go off while driving. Despite a big reduction in warranty claims following the 2013 recall, Nissan said it continued to see some warranty claims and customer complaints related to the air bag classification system. In February, Jaguar Land Rover North America said it will recall more than 61,000 vehicles after finding that some passenger-side air bags may not open on impact due to faulty software. Nissan has been investigating complaints about the air-bag sensors since June 2013, including three instances where the devices failed to deploy during a crash, according to documents filed with NHTSA.

These production running changes were ultimately adopted across applicable models by mid-February of 2014.” At the same time, Nissan learned of two incidents where the passenger air bag did not deploy and the passenger air bag status light was not illuminated. According to the statement put forward to Nissan Motor Corporation’s Spokesperson, Steve Yaeger, has stated that Nissan and Infiniti took all the necessary steps in helping the dealers to solve the issue and maintain a level of consumer satisfaction. In mid-February 2014, Nissan implemented a software calibration change in production vehicles. “Nissan determined that the above-mentioned concerns would be resolved by the OCS algorithm parameter changes that had been made in production” and issued the recall for 989,000 vehicles.

The affected vehicles are model year 2013-2014 Nissan Altima, Pathfinder, Sentra and Leaf; 2013 Infiniti JX35; 2014 Infiniti QX60 and Q50; and 2013 Nissan NV 200/Taxi vehicles.

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