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Nissan Recalls Nearly 1 Million Cars For Faulty Air Bags

Nissan is recalling 1 million vehicles, citing concerns the front passenger air bags might not always inflate in collisions.
Posted at 6:48 PM, Mar 26, 2014

Nissan issued a recall Wednesday for nearly 1 million vehicles because of faulty air bags. 

"The automaker says the front passenger air bag and several different models may not inflate in a crash. They include the Altima, Pathfinder and Sentra models from 2014 and 2013 model years." (Via WJBK)

The New York Times says, "The problem stems from a federally mandated system intended to determine whether the front passenger seat is occupied." If the sensor identifies someone in the passenger seat during a crash, it should deploy the air bag. 

This is kind of deja vu for Nissan. The car maker has seen similar problems in the past.

USA Today reports last April over 80,000 vehicles from the same group were recalled because sensors for that same passenger-side air bag malfunctioned.

Nissan isn't alone. In recent years, there's been an influx in recalls across all car manufacturers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said during the past seven years, it's found safety defects resulting in 929 individual recalls involving more than 55 million vehicles and equipment. (Via USA Today, NBC, CNN)

"​According to government figures, 632 of them last year, in 2013, involving 22 million vehicles. Now, that's not a record, but it's the largest number of vehicles recalled since 2004." (Via CNBC)

As for Nissan, luckily no injuries or deaths have been reported with links to round two of the air bag recall.