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Nissan Pathfinder Recalls

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03/31/17 Nissan north america, inc. (nissan) is recalling certain 2002 pathfinder and infiniti qx4 vehicles. these vehicles are equipped with takata air bag inflators assembled as part of the passenger frontal air bag modules used as original equipment or replacement equipment. in the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the front air bags, these inflators may rupture.

An inflator rupture may result in metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants resulting in serious injury or death.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the front passenger air bag assembly, free of charge. the recall began on march, 31, 2017. 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.
06/10/16 Nissan north america, inc. (nissan) is recalling certain model year 2016-2017 nissan maxima, 2013-2016 nissan altima, nv200, leaf, sentra, and pathfinder, 2014-2016 nissan nv200 taxi, infiniti qx60, qx60 hybrid, and q50 hybrid, 2014-2017 nissan rogue and infiniti q50, 2015-2016 nissan murano, murano hybrid, and chevrolet city express, 2014-2015 nissan pathfinder hybrid, and 2013 infiniti jx35 vehicles. in these vehicles, the front seat passenger occupant classification system (ocs) may incorrectly classify an adult passenger as a child or classify the seat as empty despite it being occupied. as a result, the passenger frontal air bag may be turned off and not deploy in the event of a crash.

If the passenger frontal air bag does not deploy as intended in the event of a crash, the passenger is at an increased risk of injury.

Nissan will notify their owners. chevrolet city express owners will be notified by general motors. dealers will reprogram the air bag control unit (acu) and ocs electronic control unit (ecu) in altima, maxima, murano, rogue, and sentra vehicles, and replace the ocs ecu in leaf, nv200, nv200 taxi, pathfinder, infiniti q50, jx35, and qx60 and chevrolet city express vehicles, free of charge. interim notices were sent to owners on may 31, 2016. owners will receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. owners may contact nissan customer service at 1-800-867-7669, infiniti customer service at 1-888-833-3216 or chevrolet customer service at 1-800-222-1020.

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.
11/30/15 Nissan north america, inc. (nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 altima and pathfinder vehicles, 2013-2014 nissan sentra vehicles, 2013 infiniti jx35 vehicles, 2014-2015 infiniti qx60 vehicles and 2014 infiniti qx60 hybrid vehicles. the affected vehicles received an incorrect occupant classification system (ocs) control unit during a repair. these ocs control units may incorrectly classify the front passenger seat as empty, when it is occupied by an adult.

If the ocs does not detect an adult occupant in the passenger seat, the passenger air bag would be deactivated. failure of the passenger airbag to deploy during a crash (where deployment is warranted) could increase the risk of injury to the passenger.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will update the ocs software, free of charge. the recall began on november 30, 2015. owners may contact nissan 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.
03/09/15 Nissan north america, inc. (nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 nissan pathfinder vehicles manufactured june 20, 2012, to november 18, 2013, 2014 nissan pathfinder hybrid vehicles manufactured july 18, 2013, to november 18, 2013, 2013 infiniti jx35 vehicles manufactured november 29, 2011, to june 14, 2013, and 2014 qx60 vehicles manufactured may 16, 2013, to november 18, 2013, and 2014 infiniti qx60 hybrid vehicles manufactured july 18, 2013, to november 18, 2013. in the affected vehicles the hood release cable assembly may have been installed incorrectly preventing the latching claw from fully engaging. the secondary latch may remain in the open position when the hood is closed.

If the primary hood latch is released and the secondary latch fails during operation of the vehicle, it could cause the hood to open during vehicle operation impairing the driver's vision, increasing the risk of a vehicle crash.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will modify the angle of the hood release mechanism to provide additional length to the release cable, free of charge. the recall began on march 9, 2015. 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.
02/02/15 Nissan north america, inc. (nissan) is recalling certain model year 2014-2015 nissan pathfinder and infiniti qx60 vehicles manufactured august 14, 2014, to november 5, 2014, and 2014-2015 nissan rogue vehicles manufactured august 12, 2014, to november 15, 2014. during the assembly process, the front wheel hub assembly fasteners may not have been properly torqued.

The under-torqued fasteners may result in a brake caliper separating from the wheel assembly causing a reduction in braking performance or reduced steering control. these conditions increase the risk of a crash.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the vehicles and tighten any loose bolts to the proper specification, free of charge. the recall began february 2, 2015. 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.
05/12/14 Nissan north america (nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013 pathfinder vehicles manufactured april 18, 2012, through october 3, 2012, and equipped with a continuously variable transmission (cvt). in the affected vehicles, the internal oil cooler (itoc) hose may detach from the cooler due to inadequate clamping force, allowing transmission fluid to leak.

The loss of transmission fluid could cause the transmission to function improperly and the vehicle to stop accelerating, increasing the risk of a crash.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will install an oil hose repair kit, free of charge. the recall began on may 12, 2014. owners may contact nissan 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.
05/20/13 Nissan is recalling certain model year 2013 pathfinder and infiniti jx vehicles manufactured december 3, 2012, through january 29, 2013. the front brake torque member was improperly cast resulting in structural weakness. this can lead to premature failure and cracking.

If the brake torque member fails, the brake caliper may move and contact the inside of the road wheel, resulting in reduced braking, increasing the risk of a crash.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the manufacturing date of the torque members and replace them, as necessary, free of charge. the recall began on may 20, 2013. 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.
03/22/10 Nissan is recalling certain model year 2006 and model year 2008 frontier, xterra and pathfinder vehicles. the molded fuel tank shells can deform, causing the fuel sender float arm to contact an embossment molded into the tank shell causing the instrument panel fuel gauge to show that the vehicle has approximately one quarter tank when the fuel tank is empty.

This could cause the vehicle to run out of gas and stall in traffic, increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will replace the fuel level sending unit inside the fuel tank with a new one that has a modified float arm. this service will be performed free of charge. the safety recall is expected to begin on or before march 22, 2010. owners may contact nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
09/24/01 Vehicle description: sport utility vehicles. some of the brackets used to attach the two gas struts to the rear door (hatch) may have been improperly made. at high ambient temperatures, the increase in gas pressure in the strut(s) could cause one or both brackets to bend, resulting in the struts detaching from the bracket(s) when opening or closing the rear door.

If both struts detach from the brackets, the door will rapidly fall down, possibly striking someone and causing serious injury.

Dealers will replace the strut brackets. owner notification began september 24, 2001. owners who take their vehicles to an authorized dealer on an agreed upon service date and do not receive the free remedy within a reasonable time should contact nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's auto safety hotline at 1-888-dash-2-dot (1-888-327-4236).
12/06/10 Engine Nissan is recalling certain model year 2004-2006 armada, titan, infiniti qx56 and model year 2005-2006 frontier, pathfinder and xterra vehicles. the intelligent power distribution module (ipdm) assembly contains an engine control module (ecm) relay that has a diode for electrical current noise reduction. the ecm relay may allow silicon vapor to form and, over time, the silicon evaporates from the diode molding which causes silicon oxide to develop on the ecm relay contact due to arcing.

This could cause engine stalling increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will replace the ecm relay inside the ipdm assembly. this service will be performed free of charge. the safety recall began on december 6, 2010. owners may contact nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
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11/18/13 Brakes and Traction Control Nissan is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 nissan pathfinder vehicles manufactured april 18, 2012, through september 20, 2013; model year 2013 infiniti jx35 vehicles manufactured september 15, 2011, through january 16, 2013; and model year 2014 infiniti qx60 vehicles manufactured january 17, 2013, through september 20, 2013. in the affected vehicles, during light braking on rough roads, the antilock brake system (abs) brake pressure output software may lead to an increase in stopping distance.

The increased stopping distance may increase the risk of a crash.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the abs, free of charge. the recall began on november 18, 2013. owners may contact nissan 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.
10/22/12 Suspension and Steering Nissan is recalling certain model year 2012 frontier, pathfinder, and xterra two-wheel drive vehicles manufactured from june 19, 2012, through july 12, 2012. these vehicles may have been equipped with front wheel hubs that may not meet the design hardness specifications. a wheel hub that was manufactured below hardness specification may wear prematurely and eventually crack.

If the vehicle is driven in this condition, the wheel hub may break, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replaced the left and right side front wheel hub assemblies free of charge. the safety recall began on october 22, 2012. 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.
05/20/10 Suspension and Steering Nissan is recalling certain model year 2010 titan, armada, qx56, frontier, xterra, and pathfinder vehicles manufactured from november 19, 2009 through march 3, 2010. the lower control link assembly has two cylindrical collars forming the inboard attachment points to the chassis. due to an improper welding process some collars may contain welds that do not meet strength specifications.

If the collar weld separates, the vehicle handling will deteriorate, possibly resulting in a vehicle crash.

Nissan will notify owners and dealers will repair the vehicles free of charge. the safety recall began on may 20, 2010. owners may contact nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
04/19/10 Suspension and Steering Nissan has notified nhtsa of a defect in certain model year 2010 frontier, pathfinder, and xterra vehicles manufactured from february 22, 2010 to march 13, 2010. on some of the potentially affected vehicles, the fasteners securing the passenger front air bag module, and also the fasteners securing the steering shaft positioning bracket may not have been tightened to the proper torque specification.

In the event of a crash, the passenger front air bag deployment trajectory might be affected. the fasteners could possibly come out of the steering column positioning bracket increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will inspect the steering column and the passenger front air bag fasteners and any missing fasteners will be replaced and all loose fasteners will be retightened to the proper torque specifications free of charge. the safety recall began on april 19, 2010. owners may contact nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
07/25/16 Electrical and Air Conditioning Nissan north america, inc. (nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 pathfinder vehicles manufactured june 20, 2012, to june 13, 2013. the brake light switch may have been installed incorrectly causing the relay to make intermittent contact and repeatedly cycle. this may result in the relay remaining in the "on" position, causing the brake lights to remain illuminated even when the brakes are not applied. additionally, the brake light switch may interfere with the brake-shift interlock, allowing the driver to shift the vehicle out of the "park" position, without depressing the brake pedal.

If the brake override is activated, the driver will not be accelerate normally, increasing the risk of a crash. if the brake lights remain illuminated, other drivers may fail to stop when the vehicle actually brakes, increasing the risk of a crash. if the driver inadvertently shift the vehicle out of the "park" position without depressing the brake, the vehicle may rollaway, increasing the risk of injury.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the brake light switch and, as necessary, replace the relay, free of charge. the recall began on july 25, 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.
11/30/15 Electrical and Air Conditioning Nissan north america, inc. (nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 altima and pathfinder vehicles, 2013-2014 nissan sentra vehicles, 2013 infiniti jx35 vehicles, 2014-2015 infiniti qx60 vehicles and 2014 infiniti qx60 hybrid vehicles. the affected vehicles received an incorrect occupant classification system (ocs) control unit during a repair. these ocs control units may incorrectly classify the front passenger seat as empty, when it is occupied by an adult.

If the ocs does not detect an adult occupant in the passenger seat, the passenger air bag would be deactivated. failure of the passenger airbag to deploy during a crash (where deployment is warranted) could increase the risk of injury to the passenger.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will update the ocs software, free of charge. the recall began on november 30, 2015. owners may contact nissan 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.
06/15/15 Electrical and Air Conditioning Nissan north america, inc. (nissan) is recalling certain model year 2001-2003 nissan maxima, 2002-2004 pathfinder, 2002-2006 sentra, 2002-2003 infiniti qx4 and i35, 2003 fx35 and fx45, and 2001 i30 vehicles. upon deployment of the passenger side frontal air bag, excessive internal pressure may cause the inflator to rupture.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the inflator could rupture with metal fragments striking the vehicle occupants potentially resulting in serious injury or death.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the passenger air bag inflator, free of charge. the recall began on june 15, 2015. owners may contact nissan customer service at 1-800-647-7261. note: on december 18, 2015 nissan informed nhtsa of an amendment of this recall to remove 2004-2005 infiniti fx35 and fx45 vehicles.

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.
04/14/14 Electrical and Air Conditioning Nissan north america, inc. (nissan) is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 altima, leaf, pathfinder, and sentra, model year 2013 nv200 (aka taxi) and infiniti jx35 and model year 2014 infiniti q50 and qx60 vehicles. in the affected vehicles, the occupant classification system (ocs) software may incorrectly classify the passenger seat as empty, when it is occupied by an adult.

If the ocs does not detect an adult occupant in the passenger seat, the passenger airbag would be deactivated. failure of the passenger airbag to deploy during a crash (where deployment is warranted) could increase the risk of injury to the passenger.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will update the ocs software, free of charge. the recall began on april 14, 2014. owners may contact nissan 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.
11/18/13 Electrical and Air Conditioning Nissan is recalling certain model year 2013-2014 nissan pathfinder vehicles manufactured april 18, 2012, through september 20, 2013; model year 2013 infiniti jx35 vehicles manufactured september 15, 2011, through january 16, 2013; and model year 2014 infiniti qx60 vehicles manufactured january 17, 2013, through september 20, 2013. in the affected vehicles, during light braking on rough roads, the antilock brake system (abs) brake pressure output software may lead to an increase in stopping distance.

The increased stopping distance may increase the risk of a crash.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will reprogram the abs, free of charge. the recall began on november 18, 2013. owners may contact nissan 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.
11/18/13 Electrical and Air Conditioning Nissan north america inc. (nissan) is recalling certain 2014 pathfinders manufactured from july 25, 2013, to september 5, 2013 with almond interiors only. the instrument panel tear seam on the passenger frontal air bag was incorrectly cut on the back side of the instrument panel which could cause the air bag to not deploy properly.

In the event of a crash necessitating deployment of the passenger's frontal air bag, the improper air bag deployment may increase the risk of personal injury.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected instrument panel assemblies, free of charge. the recall began on november 18, 2013. 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.
05/06/13 Electrical and Air Conditioning Nissan is recalling certain model year 2013 altima, leaf, pathfinder, sentra, and infiniti jx35 vehicles. sensors within the passenger occupant detection system (ods) may have been manufactured out of specification. this may cause the system to malfunction and permanently suppress the passenger airbag.

If the vehicle is involved in a crash necessitating airbag deployment and the passenger airbag is suppressed, there may be an increased risk of personal injury.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the ods sensors and replace them as neccessary, free of charge. the recall began on may 6, 2013. 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.
08/19/10 Electrical and Air Conditioning Nissan is recalling forty-six certain model year 2002 pathfinder and infiniti qx4 vehicles manufactured from august 24, 2001 through august 28, 2001. the air bag inflator contains propellant wafers that are required to properly deploy the front passenger air bag. due to improper propellant wafer installation during the air bag inflator assembly process, some air bag inflators may be missing one of the wafers. as a result, the remaining wafers in the inflator used for the deployment of the front passenger air bag may, over time, break up into powder due to normal vibration experienced while driving. this causes the combustion rate of the propellant to increase inside the inflator, which can lead to internal pressure rising suddenly during air bag deployment.

The inflator housing may rupture and pieces of the inflator could strike and injure vehicle occupants.

Nissan will notify the owners of the forty-six affected vehicles. dealers will replace the front passenger air bag module assembly with a new one free of charge. the safety recall began on august 19, 2010. owners may contact nissan at 1-800-647-7261 and infiniti at 1-800-662-6200.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
04/19/10 Electrical and Air Conditioning Nissan has notified nhtsa of a defect in certain model year 2010 frontier, pathfinder, and xterra vehicles manufactured from february 22, 2010 to march 13, 2010. on some of the potentially affected vehicles, the fasteners securing the passenger front air bag module, and also the fasteners securing the steering shaft positioning bracket may not have been tightened to the proper torque specification.

In the event of a crash, the passenger front air bag deployment trajectory might be affected. the fasteners could possibly come out of the steering column positioning bracket increasing the risk of a crash.

Dealers will inspect the steering column and the passenger front air bag fasteners and any missing fasteners will be replaced and all loose fasteners will be retightened to the proper torque specifications free of charge. the safety recall began on april 19, 2010. owners may contact nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Owners may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
01/26/09 Electrical and Air Conditioning Nissan is recalling 242,720 my 2005-2009 pathfinder, frontier and xterra vehicles originally sold in or currently registered in the states of connecticut, delaware, illinois, indiana, iowa, maine, maryland, massachusetts, michigan, minnesota, missouri, new hampshire, new jersey, new york, ohio, pennsylvania, rhode island, vermont, west virginia, wisconsin, and the district of columbia. in those areas of the country which use heavy concentrations of road salt in the winter, a mixture of snow/water and salt can enter into the front crash zone sensor (czs) housing. if this occurs, the czs may internally rust resulting in a signal interruption. if this happens, the red air bag warning light will illuminate to alert the vehicle operator.

This issue could result in the non-deployment of the driver and passenger front air bags in a crash, increasing the risk of personal injury.

Dealers will replace the front czs with a redesigned sensor. the recall began on january 26, 2009. owners in the other states will receive extended warranty coverage for the sensor to 10 years. these owners will be notified of the warranty extension by mail and will receive a sticker to place in their warranty booklet explaining the extended warranty coverage. owners may contact nissan at 1-800-647-7261.

Customers may also contact the national highway traffic safety administration's vehicle safety hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (tty 1-800-424-9153), or go to http://www.safercar.gov .
06/16/14 Other Nissan north america, inc. (nissan) is recalling certain model year 2014 pathfinder and rogue vehicles and 2014 infiniti qx60 vehicles. the right side wheels of the affected vehicles may have one lug nut each that was not properly tightened.

If the lug nut becomes loose from not being properly tightened, it may fall off, allowing the other lug nuts to become loose, possibly resulting in a wheel separation, and increasing the risk of a crash.

Nissan will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and tighten any loose lug nuts to the correct specification, free of charge. the recall is expected to begin by the end of june 2014. 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.

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Nissan Pathfinder Recalls

Some things are often misunderstood about recalls and technical service bulletins (TSBs). Plus a disclaimer.

  1. Recalls do not have to be issued only because something is prone to failure. NHTSA (a government agency) can only require a recall if a failure will affect safety, emissions, fuel economy, or compliance with some other regulation or law. Manufacturers can voluntarily recall cars for problems that do not affect these, though.
  2. Recalls often apply to only some cars of a specific model year, rather than all of them. You should receive a letter from the manufacturer if your car has been recalled. You can also check with the dealer, which will know which (if any) recalls pertain to your car.
  3. The primary purpose of TSBs is to inform dealers about known problems with a car and how to fix them. They are not the same as recalls. As with recalls, TSBs often only apply to some cars, not the entire model year.
  4. Dealers often will not provide a preventive repair just because a problem described in a TSB might happen to your car. They'll usually want to observe symptoms that the problem is already affecting your car.
  5. Even if there are symptoms, a manufacturer doesn't have to pick up the cost of a TSB repair if the car is out of warranty, though sometimes they do.

We provide the text of recalls and TSBs as provided by NHTSA. There can be errors in the text. If you sign up for notifications in My Garage, we will try to get these to do, but for various reasons (some beyond our control) cannot guarantee you will receive them. When in doubt about a recall or TSB, contact the dealer.