Japanese carmaker Nissan has just issued a recall for more than 1 million of its vehicles because of a software issue that can cause failed airbag deployment.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Nissan’s vehicles may not detect a person sitting in the passenger seat, which would disarm the airbag and cause it to not inflate in the event of an accident. The company said that faulty software is the issue. So far the company is aware of two instances where vehicles’ airbags did not deploy during accidents, however it is still unclear whether those cases were linked to the software glitch.
990,000 of the cars recalled are those of U.S. drivers. Models impacted include 2013 – 2014 Altima and Sentra cars, Pathfinder sport-utility vehicles and Leaf electric cars. The 2014 Infiniti QX50 SUV, 2013 NV200 cargo van and 2013 Infiniti JX35 crossover are also included in the recalls.
Nissan expects to begin the recall in April. During the recall, dealers will update the software free of charge.
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