Airbag glitch spurs Nissan recall

The 2014 Nissan Altima is among the 989,701 North American vehicles recalled.
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A software problem that could deactivate airbags has prompted Nissan Motor Corp. to recall 989,701 vehicles in North America, including 2013-14 Altima sedans.

The software may incorrectly classify the passenger seat as empty when it is occupied by an adult, according to a filing with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration by Nissan. This may lead to a failure of the airbag to deploy during a crash and could increase the risk of injury to the passenger, according to the filing.

Nissan has received no reports of accidents related to the problem, a company spokeswoman said. The recall will affect vehicles sold in the United States, Canada and Mexico, she said.

Infiniti Q50

The recall also covers the 2014 Infiniti Q50 sedan and QX60 crossover, and the 2013-14 Pathfinder SUV, Leaf electric car and Sentra compact, according to the company.

Nissan said on Sept. 26 it would recall 910,000 vehicles globally, including the Serena minivan and X-Trail SUV, over an accelerator fault. That recall was part of the reason the company cut its profit forecast 15 percent in the year ending March 31, it said.

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