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Nissan Sued Over Faulty Occupant Classification System (OCS) And Airbag Warnings

Nissan’s Occupant Classification System (OCS) has been the subject of two recalls in the past couple years, but a lawsuit says the fixes aren’t working.

Plaintiff Matthew Senci filed the proposed class-action lawsuit that alleges the vehicles have occupant classification system software that can incorrectly classify a front passenger seat as empty when it’s occupied by an adult passenger. The error can cause the airbag to deactivate and fail to deploy in a crash.

The lawsuit alleges Nissan has known about the problem since at least 2012 due to complaints and warranty complaints. The first “limited” recall was in February 2013, but the fix was ineffective.

A second, larger recall was announced in March 2014, but once again the lawsuit says the fix didn’t do diddly.

The lawsuit, Matthew Senci v. Nissan North America, Inc., accuses the automaker of unfair and deceptive acts and seeks damages for the decreased value of the cars.

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