In a car accident, the last thing you want is probably for your airbags to not deploy. That is what Nissan told US regulators might happen with five of their 2013 model year vehicles, the Altima, Sentra, Pathfinder, and Leaf, in addition to the Infiniti JX35.
The models affected are only those that were sold in the US. Dan Passe, a spokesperson for the car company says that nobody has been hurt because of the malfunction. The problem is said to be in the sensors, which detect whether or not a person is sitting in a seat. They do not meet specifications according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The formal recall will most likely be announced next month, following warranty claims from drivers.
It is always important to make sure that your airbags are going to work properly in case of a crash. More often than not, cars can do an airbag diagnostic test. You should run these tests and address any problems that may be found immediately.
Airbags are one of the most crucial features in your vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has estimated that well over 18,000 people have airbags to thank for being alive today. It has also reported that the combination of an airbag plus proper seatbelt usage reduces the risk of serious head injury in a crash by 85%.