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

23 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Nissan Probed by U.S. on Complaints Air Bag Flaw Persists.

US regulators are looking into whether a recall last year by Nissan Motor Co, Japan’s second-largest carmaker, failed to fix a flaw in the air-bag control systems on almost 1 m vehicles.The probe covers nearly 990,000 vehicles that were recalled in 2013 and last year because computer software may fail to detect an adult in the passenger seat.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened a query on March 18, citing 124 complaints filed by motorists after the recall began last April, according to a notice on the regulator’s website. The recall affects the Altima midsize car, Leaf electric car, Pathfinder SUV and Sentra compact models from the 2013 and 2014 model years, as well as the NV200 Taxi van and Infiniti JX35 SUV from 2013. 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. 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. The Nissan query “will look into the effectiveness of the recall remedy and whether any other OCS-related problems exist in the recalled population,” the NHTSA said in the advisory, referring to the Occupant Classification System algorithm. 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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