Nissan Motor Company announced yesterday that it was recalling over 200,000 vehicles in the United States and overseas to repair a sensor system, the Associated Press (AP) reports. The sensor involved could affect the car’s passenger side air bag and includes 140,000 Nissan Altima cars from the 2007-2008 model years as well as the Infiniti EX35, G35 Sedan, G37, Nissan 350Z, Murano, and Rogue, also from the 2007-2008 model years.
According to the AP, “Nissan spokesman Colin Price said there have been no injuries or crashes, and the company discovered the problem during internal testing.” While the majority of the recalled vehicles are in the United States, some are in Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the Persian Gulf. The recall affects those vehicles equipped with “Continental Automotive Systems’ Occupant Classification System control units,” according to Nissan. It seems that an electronic component in the control unit, which is located in the passenger seat cushion, may have been manufactured “out of specification,” according to the AP. This manufacturing defect could interrupt a signal in the sensor system, which could prevent the passenger air bag from deploying under certain conditions. The recall is expected to begin in early November.