1. Spring is in the air, so I hate to dredge up bad news from the depths of winter

    but I want to make sure you heard about Nissan and Infiniti's January recall of problem that can quickly limit your visibility.

    At the time it was announced, Nissan (parent company of Infiniti) didn't know when the recall would begin. It's entirely possible that it already has. Have you received a recall notice in the mail?

    Owners with questions or concerns should contact Nissan at 800-647-7261.

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  2. You know the phrase "better late than never"? I don't think that's universally true.

    Take airbags, for example. An airbag that doesn't deploy when it's supposed to is dangerous, but an airbag that deploys after you've been in an accident? Well that's just adding insult to injury.

    Unfortunately for 2013 Nissan Rogue owners there are multiple reports of delayed airbag deployments. In some cases the airbags shoot out minutes after a crash. That has sparked a preliminary investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

    So far all NHTSA is saying is the complaints are "unusual." I'm hoping they didn't spend too many of our tax dollars were spent reaching that conclusion. If NHTSA finds something substantial they'll likely upgrade the investigation to an engineering analysis or could recommend 195,000 2013 Nissan Rogues be recalled. If that happens, we'll let you know.

    Plus a Passenger Airbag Sensor Issue?

    A late deployment isn't the only airbag related complaint about the 2013 Rogue. Multiple owners have noticed the passenger airbag turning off while an adult is in the seat. Have you noticed that too? At this point, it's too early to tell if the problems are related.

    keep reading article "Rogue Recalled for Airbags Deploying Too Late"
  3. Roughly a year after an investigation was opened into inaccurate fuel gauges

    Nissan has agreed conduct a "service campaign" for the 2007-2009 Quest. How does a service campaign differ from a recall? A recall is a fix related to a safety issue and some are federally mandated. A service campaign is issued by the automaker to upgrade or repair your vehicle for something that isn't necessarily safety-related. Now, this is where the line gets grayed because I would categorize running out of fuel on a crowded highway as a serious safety defect, but Nissan doesn't. You say tomato, I say car crash.

    In any event, the issue appears electrical in nature:

    "Nissan says the gas gauge can give inaccurate levels because of problems with resistors in a circuit in the sender unit. The automaker found one of two resistors could open and cause false gas gauge readings when the tank goes below one quarter of a tank. Gas would be used out of the tank all while the gas gauge said a quarter of a tank was available."

    To fix it, Nissan dealers will install an external amplifier box with jumper harnesses to bypass the resistor's electrical circuit.

    keep reading article "Nissan Agrees to Fix Quest Gas Gauges Following Investigation"
  4. Next time you leave your vehicle in park, don't count on it being there when you get back.

    According to Nissan a problem with the transmission can make it impossible to actually get your vehicle in park. Specifically interference between the parking rod and transmission house can cause the parking pawl to not engage. And yes, pawl is a real word (but I admittedly had to look it up).

    The problem affects 2015 Armadas built between September 15 and October 14, 2014.

    Nissan hasn't announced when the recall will begin. Once it does dealers will inspect affected cars and in some cases replace the entire transmission. Owners with questions can contact Nissan at 800-647-7261.

    keep reading article "Armada Transmissions Aren’t Engaging Into Park"
  5. Nissan is calling back 52,000 additional vehicles to repair the passenger-side Takata airbags that can explode and injure occupants.

    About 1,800 Infiniti vehicles were recalled for the same issue just a couple days ago.

    The newest air bag recall includes the 2003-2004 Nissan Pathfinder, 2004-2006 Nissan Sentra, 2003-2005 Infiniti FX35 and FX45, 2003-2004 Infiniti I35, and 2006 Infiniti M35 and M45.

    The recalled vehicles are all in areas of high humidity.

    keep reading article "More Pathfinder and Sentras Added to Takata Recall List"
  6. Last month we learned that a whopping 35–40 million vehicles will need to be recalled because of Takata airbag inflators.

    Yikes, remember when 3 million vehicles seemed like a big number? The massive expansion includes Nissan who has announced a recall expansion of 226,000 vehicles. They had previously recalled 480,000.

    To better manage the recalls, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has separated areas of the country by "zones" A, B and C. Checkout CarComplaints.com for more information on the recalls and recall zones.

    keep reading article "Maxima and Pathfinder Takata Recall Expansion"
  7. Nissan is asking Juke owners to bring their vehicles in for a repair, they're just not calling it a recall.

    104,439 vehicles from the 2011-2013 model years need to have a loose timing chain, chain guide and crank sprocket replaced.

    The repairs will be done for free (like a recall) and affected owners will be notified by the mail (like a recall), but because the defect isn't a safety issue yet Nissan can get away with calling it a "voluntary service campaign". Which just sounds like a fancy term for ... oh, never-mind.

    Juke owners with questions can call Nissan at 800-647-7261.

    keep reading article "Nissan Will Replace Busted JUKE Timing Chains, Just Don't Call it a Recall"
  8. Own a 2007 Nissan Quest? You might want to think twice about passing a gas station without filling up next time.

    That's because the Quest is currently under investigation for a gas gauge that can be off by as much as 60-80 miles. The inaccurate readings are leaving drivers stranded, sometimes in dangerous situations. One North Carolina driver said it's happened to her twice, once with her grandchildren in the van.

    "Driving along in peak traffic and suddenly vehicle shuts off. No power steering and almost involved in accidents both occasions the first time I was alone the second time I had my grand babies with me and that was terrifying for them as the other road users were whizzing past..."

    We've all probably been guilty of taking our cars to the last drop of gas after the fuel warning light comes on, but in the Quest's case there is no such warning. One minute you're rocking out to Hootie and the Blowfish -- or, you know, whatever the kids listen to these days -- next minute you're stranded on the side of the road.

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says they've received numerous complaints, all within the past 14 months. This is still just a preliminary investigation, but we will notify you if a defect is found.

    keep reading article "Nissan Quest Owners Get Investigation After Years of Gas Gauge Complaints"
  9. Nissan is recalling 1 million vehicles because a defective Occupant Classification System (OCS) might stop the passenger-side frontal airbags from working.

    If that sounds familiar, it's because they issued the same – albeit smaller – recall last year. But now Nissan admits the problem is more widespread than they anticipated and their previous fix didn't work.

    The OCS is supposed to turn on the airbag when there's an adult in the front passenger seat. but it's malfunctioning.

    "Nissan says a combination of factors could cause the problem, such as high engine vibration at idle when the seat is initially empty and then becomes occupied. Even the posture of the passenger could cause the air bag to deactivate."

    The recalled cars include the 2013-2014 Altima, LEAF, Pathfinder, Sentra, the 2013 NV200, plus additional Infiniti vehicles. It is expected to begin in April 2014.

    keep reading article "Nissan Admits Their Prior OCS Fix Didn't Work, Expands Recall to 1 Million Cars"

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