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Nissan Recalls 1 Million Vehicles After Airbag Failures

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By Michael Mullins   |   Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 12:51 PM

Nissan issued a recall for more than 1 million cars, SUVs, and vans this week after reports that some of the vehicles' front passenger airbags were not inflating during crashes.

The recall affects the 2013 Infiniti JX35, 2014 Infiniti Q50, 2014 Infiniti QX60, 2013-2014 Nissan Altima, 2013-2014 Nissan Leaf, 2013 Nissan NV200, 2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinder, and 2013-2014 Nissan Sentra, The Associated Press reported.

The Nissan airbag problem reportedly stems from issues with the automaker's computer software, according to documents the Japanese manufacturer filed recently with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Nissan will reportedly notify all owners of the makes and models listed above as well as car dealerships within the coming weeks, offering a free software update to correct the problem by mid-April.

According to Nissan Spokesman Steve Yeager, no deaths have been attributed to the airbag problem and, to date, the automaker has received just three reports of airbags failing to inflate in a crash. The investigation into the airbag problems reportedly began last August.

In addition to the nearly 990,000 vehicles being recalled in the U.S., another 60,000 Nissans are being recalled in Canada and also a small number from other countries, Yeager noted.

This is the second time in 12 months that Nissan has issued a recall for airbag problems, having recalled 82,000 vehicles last April over the same problem

Last April's glitch reportedly involved car seat sensors on the passenger side that would disengage an airbag when a child's weight was detected, considering it could cause significant injury to a child when deployed. However, the sensors were also apparently preventing air bag deployment even when an adult was seated there.

In February, General Motors expanded a recall to include more than 1.6 million vehicles in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and a small number from overseas. The recall involves a fatal ignition flaw that has been shown to trigger the vehicle's engine to turn off unintentionally and cause accidents.

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In addition to the engine components unintentionally shutting off, the fatal General Motors malfunction also disengages other components including airbags, power steering, and power-assisted brakes, Reuters reported.

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