Only several months since their last recall, Nissan/Infiniti is once again in the spotlight for another defective system. Nearly 1 million Nissan vehicles were recalled due to a software issue that could prevent the passenger side air bag from deploying during a collision. Models affected by the defective system include the: 2013-2014 Altima, Leaf Electric, Pathfinder, Sentra, as well as the 2013 Infiniti JX36 and 2014 QX60 and Q50.
The recall will correct a faulty software system that controls the front-passenger seat Occupant Classification System, which senses weight in the seat to determine if in fact an actual person is sitting there. The airbag system is meant to deploy in the case of a collision, only if the system detects a person is in fact seated in the passenger seat. This prevents unnecessary deployment should no one be seated in the front passenger seat. Nissan has confirmed they will fix the system software for free beginning this month.
In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan has admitted that there have been accidents related to this defect. If you or someone you know has been injured due to a defective airbag system, we at Rheingold, Giuffra, Ruffo & Plotkin LLP can assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.