Almost one million Nissan vehicles recalled in the U.S. in 2013 and 2014 for air bag sensor issues are now under federal investigation following accusations that the problem was not fixed.
According to Reuters, the approximately 990,000 Nissan vehicles previously recalled in 2013 and 2014 were experiencing troubles with the computer software not recognizing when an adult was in the passenger seat. As a result, the passenger’s side airbags would not be deployed, putting innocent lives at risk of injury or even death.
At least 124 recall repair complaints were filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) before the agency opened a “recall query” to better assess the recall fix’s effectiveness, which consisted of a simple software update.
Nissan, however, disagrees with the complaints, claiming that the company not only used the proper software update, but even took additional steps to ensure customer concerns were correctly handled by Nissan dealers. Neither Nissan nor NHTSA representatives have been made available for comment on the investigation.
Nissan and Infiniti owners affected by the air bag sensor recall complained specifically about the passenger air bag status light, which despite having been repaired, does not correctly identify when an adult is sitting in the seat.
Vehicles affected by the previous Nissan air bag sensor recalls include the model year 2013 and 2014 Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder and Sentra; the model year 2013 NV200 and Infiniti JX35; and the 2014 model year Infiniti QX60 and Q50.
NHTSA reports that two accidents in which the passenger airbag did not deploy may have been linked to the software issue, but a Nissan spokesman said the company was unable to uncover if the failed deployment was caused by the software problem.