Nissan Owners Still Having Airbag Problems After OCS Recall

It’s March and that means it’s time for Nissan’s annual screwing up their airbags event. Just take a look at this not so glorious run from the last few years:

  • March 2013 — Nissan recalls 82,000 vehicles because the passenger side airbag could fail during a crash. No worries though, a fix is on the way …
  • March 2014 — Nissan admits their fix for the previous recall didn’t work and is forced to issue a 2nd recall. Oh, and they expanded the recall to include nearly 1 million vehicles overall. Well, at least they couldn’t possibly get it wrong again …
  • March 2015 — Nissan owners with “repaired” cars continue to complain that their airbags are not working. This leads to an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Son of a …

Makes you scared for what’s coming in March 2016.

About the Investigation

NHTSA says they’ve received 124 complaints about the occupant classification system (OCS) in “repaired” vehicles following the recalls. Failures of the OCS could allow the airbag to deploy when a child is in the front seat or not deploy when it’s an adult. The vehicles being investigated include:

  • 2013-2014 Nissan Altima
  • 2013-2014 Nissan LEAF
  • 2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinder
  • 2013-2014 Nissan Sentra
  • 2013 Nissan NV200
  • 2013 Infiniti JX35
  • 2014 Infiniti Q50 and QX60

Right now the investigation is in the “recall query” stage. If anything comes of it, we’ll let you know. In the meantime…