The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received almost 1,300 complaints from owners whose vehicles were repaired under the recall but still have problems.
Federal regulators have indicated they are worried that Nissan’s recall last year of almost 1 million vehicles did not correct a malfunction of the passenger air bag, raising the possibility the automaker might have to recall the vehicles again.
The vehicles were recalled in March 2014 because a computer program could misjudge the weight of the person in the front passenger seat and conclude that a child instead of an adult was sitting there.
The air bag is not supposed to deploy if a child is in the seat because of the risk that the air bag can cause serious injuries, safety researchers have concluded. But the failure to deploy for an adult could have the opposite effect, resulting in more serious injuries.
Nissan said it would reprogram the software that controls the passenger-side air bag in the initial recall. But the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has received almost 1,300 complaints from owners whose vehicles were repaired under the recall but still see a warning light indicating the air bag is off even when an adult is in the seat, according to an agency report dated Aug. 31 and posted last week on its website.
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Those complaints prompted the agency to intensify an investigation started in March. The agency said it would “further evaluate the effectiveness of the recall remedy, which will include a thorough review of the countermeasures taken by Nissan and its suppliers.” That could lead to the safety agency’s pressuring Nissan for a new recall with a new repair.
The recalled vehicles are the 2013 Infiniti JX35; 2014 Infiniti Q50 and QX60; 2013-14 Nissan Altima, Leaf, Pathfinder and Sentra; and the 2013 Nissan NV200. By the end of June, the automaker told the safety agency, it had repaired almost 839,000 of the 990,000 vehicles recalled.