Due to a software problem preventing the front passenger airbag from deploying in an accident, Nissan Motor is recalling more than 1 million vehicles in the U.S. and Canada.
The company said that is not aware of any accidents or deaths caused by the malfunction.
There are sensors in the front passenger seats that should detect whether an adult or a child is sitting in the seat. Studies indicate that the risk of injury or death to a child is often greater from an airbag than from an accident.
So if the sensors detect that there is not enough weight in the front passenger seats, the airbag will not deploy.
In case of the Nissans, even if an adult is sitting in the seat, the sensors are shutting off the airbag.
The company recalls most of its best-selling Nissan and luxury Infiniti models from the last two years. Among them are the
2013-2014 Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder and Sentra, the model year 2013 NV200 cargo van that’s also known as the Nissan taxi, the 2013 Infiniti JX35, and the 2014 Infiniti Q50 and QX60 cars.