Nissan recalls over 1 million cars in U.S., Canada to fix airbag flaw

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Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Nissan has announced it is recalling more than a million cars in Canada and the U.S. to fix a software glitch that prevents the airbag from inflating.

The carmaker informed the recall of 990,000 cars, SUVs and minivans in the U.S. to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It is also recalling 60,000 cars, SUVs and minivans in Canada.

Nissan told the NHTSA that the vehicles’ computer software may not detect an adult in the passenger seat and shuts off the airbag in an accident. Sensors in Nissan cars can tell if an adult or a child is sitting on the front seat based on the weight sensed. If not enough weight is detected, the sensor does not deploy the airbag.

Covered by the recall are the 2013 and 2014 models of the Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder and Sentra; 2013 models of NV200 Taxi van and Infiniti JX35 SUV; and 2014 model of the Infiniti QX50 SUV.

The recall starts April with Nissan notifying owners and dealers of the affected cars that the software will be updated for free.

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