There are no reported injuries from this problem.
Nissan will recall 4,355 units of the 2016 Leaf and 2016 Sentra in the United States because the passenger side airbag could disconnect. Specifically, the American campaign includes 174 examples of the Leaf, which have build dates from February 24, 2016, to March 23, 2016, and a total of 4,181 Sentras with a production period from February 9, 2016, to March 4, 2016. There are also 157 affected Sentras and 8 Leafs in Canada.
According to Nissan, the wiring harness’ connector into the airbag can disconnect on the passenger side. If that happens, the safety device wouldn’t deploy in a crash. There could also be a partial connection, which might not allow both stages of the airbag to work.
The automaker discovered this issue during a quality inspection in late February 2016. Nissan requested that the supplier look into the problem, and the company found a fault with a machining tool in March. The two firms then figured out the population of affected vehicles. According to Nissan, is not aware of “any incidents attributable to this issue.”
Nissan will begin notifying owners in late July, and dealers will check for a proper connection into the passenger airbag. Technicians will replace the airbag module and wiring harness connecting to it on any affected vehicles.
Review: 2016 Nissan Sentra
RECALL Subject : Passenger Air Bag Harness Connector Disconnect
Report Receipt Date: JUN 15, 2016
NHTSA Campaign Number: 16V436000
Component(s): AIR BAGS , ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Potential Number of Units Affected: 4,355
All Products Associated with this Recall
Vehicle Make Model Model Year(s)
NISSAN LEAF 2016
NISSAN SENTRA 2016
Manufacturer: Nissan North America, Inc.
Nissan North America, Inc. (Nissan) is recalling certain model year 2016 LEAF vehicles manufactured February 24, 2016, to March 23, 2016, and Sentra vehicles manufactured February 9, 2016, to March 4, 2016. The wiring harness connector may disconnect from the dual-stage passenger air bag.
If the wiring harness disconnects, the passenger air bag may not to deploy during a crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the wiring harness connector for proper engagement and, if necessary, replace the passenger air bag module and main body harness, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in late July 2016. Owners may contact Nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.