Huge win for car owners! All TSBs to be made public. The Center for Auto Safety just made the NHTSA (US Government) make public the full text of all TSBs from now on. They are the same organization that has petitioned the NHTSA & filed lawsuits to protect car owners over exploding gas tanks & other major safety issues. Whenever you drive in your car, you are safer thanks in part to a lot of work over the years by this small but very effective consumer advocacy group.

Please take a moment & say thank you by donating $5 or whatever you can to the Center for Auto Safety. Notes: The 2014 Nissan Altima shows multiple problem trends, continuing the poor reputation of the 2013 Altima, prompting us to give it our "beware of this clunker" badge.

Owners are complaining about a whining noise from the power steering pump and a concerning amount vibration and even transmission failure related to the CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission).


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
16 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
23 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,657 miles

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2014 Nissan Altima seat belts / air bags problems

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2014 Nissan Altima Owner Comments (Page 3 of 5)

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problem #48

Jul 162015


  • 14,000 miles


During our vacation while driving in Illinois we noticed while on the highway going at a speed of 60 to 65 mph while an adult occupying the passenger seat the air bag light came on and said passenger air bag turned off. I pulled out the owners manual and read that it could be caused by an article perhaps touching the seat if reclined too far back. This was not the case. There was nothing touching the seat. I was sitting perfectly still so the sensor should have detected a passenger in the seat. I had been siting in the seat for hours with the normal movement. We pulled over and turned the car off then restarted and the light stayed off. This happened several more times while driving on our vacation and is a scary thought to have this occur. Once home, I called the dealership for an appointment and in the meantime the same thing occurred on a short in town trip appointment is this week so I am curious what they will find.

- Christiansburg, VA, USA

problem #47

Feb 242015


  • 25,591 miles
The passenger side front seat will not detect an adult occupying the seat and disables the air bag for that passenger. I have personally experienced this on multiple occasions for adults ranging in weights from 130 pounds to 165 pounds. I have taken it to my dealer on 4 occasions. The first time they told me they reprogrammed it. The second, they replaced a sensor. The third, they said my wife didn't weigh enough and to sit very still or bounce around in the seat so that the passenger is detected. The fourth time, they replaced two sensors. Still the issue persists. To try and remedy, I have to put the car in park and keep turning the car off and on until it detects my passenger and enables the airbag.

- Amelia, VA, USA

problem #46

Mar 012014


  • miles
2014 Nissan Altima. Consumer writes in regards to passenger airbag indicator light issues. The consumer stated the air bag light illuminated indicating the passenger air bag was deactivated, despite his 100 pound wife was seated in the front passenger seat. The dealer reprogrammed the occupant classification system. However, four months later, the light illuminated again. The dealer reprogrammed the OCS again. The consumer returned to the dealer for a third time, in December 2014. The dealer claimed they test drove the vehicle with a passenger and they could not duplicate the problem.

- Buda, TX, USA

problem #45

May 012015


  • miles


2014 Nissan Altima. Consumer writes in regards to vehicle oil leaks issue. Consumer sent additional correspondence. The consumer stated there was a smell of hydro-carbons when he started the engine. The dip stick showed a drop of at least 3/8 of oil on the dip stick. Also, the air bag issue was not address and the plastic protecting the bottom of the engine fell down.

- Afton, OK, USA

problem #44

May 022015


  • 21,056 miles
2014 Altima has been into dealer for passenger air bag issues and twice they have done things, but we still have the problem. A passenger over 125 pounds is sitting in the seat and the air bag light saying the air bag is turned off is on. Have to shut the car off and turn on again and it will then go out. Makes me wonder what it will really do if we are in an accident.

- Bluffton, IN, USA

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problem #43

Jan 292015


  • 9,000 miles
I am writing regarding problems with the Nissan air bag safety system in my 2014 Altima. I purchased a 2014 Altima in August and have had a recurring intermittent problem of the passenger air bag light coming on and remaining on when I have an adult passenger in the vehicle. My wife weighs 120 pounds yet it is not infrequent for the light to go on when we start the car and then remain on for an extended period of time, usually between fifteen and thirty minutes. It may also come on and stay on if she gets in the car after I have started it. Since local trips are often less than thirty minutes, there are times we complete a short trip without the light going out. The light will also come on for no apparent reason while we are driving. During one of these episodes the light came on while we were driving on an interstate, remained on for just over an hour, and then went off. We have had the car evaluated by Nissan twice and are repeatedly told nothing is wrong. I also wrote and spoke with Nissan corporate and was told there is nothing they can do. There is nothing under the seat. There are no children in the car and my wife is not turning around in the seat. I have pictures (I can forward if desired) that show the problem while we are on the road.

- Goode, VA, USA

problem #42

Jan 022015


  • 100 miles


The contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. While driving with an occupant in the front passenger side seat, the air bag warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who updated the OCS software and replaced the sensors, but the failure continued to occur. The contact indicated that the failure was intermittent and only occurred with smaller passengers weighing 115 lbs and under that occupied the front passenger seat. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 100.

- Spring Grove, PA, USA

problem #41

Oct 302014


  • 1,127 miles
Pass air bag light stays on when wife is in pass seat. Her weight is 165lbs. It has come on a few times but could not get it to the dealer until 10/30/14. I was told no dtc's found. This is an intermittent problem and it lights up when it wants to. It is not safe. The dealer tech confirmed operation of light tsb#ntb14-027. I have no doubt the light works it's just on at the wrong time. Not safe!!! once again the light coming on with a passenger in the seat. Did hunter Nissan hendersonville nc sell me a car with a recall" is this legal"

- Hendersonville, NC, USA

problem #40

Sep 122014


  • 3,500 miles
This issue is regarding the passenger air bag light that turns on even when there is an adult passenger occupying the seat. The weight of the adult passenger (150lbs - 180lbs) is much higher than the threshold for activating the air bags. Have taken to the Nissan dealership and complained about this issue during my 3 service visits, but every time I get a response that there are no issues with the sensors and there are no pending recalls. It took me a lot of effort to make them understand what I'm saying and the dealership was of no help. They made me believe that this is a non-issue and I should ignore the air bag light. This is a very serious issue and I've now a video/photo evidence with different adults in the passenger seats. Further, this is very erratic. At one instance, I've had my wife sit in the passenger seat while the air bag light was off and suddenly turned on when we were cruising at 65mph on the highway, the light suddenly turned on. It's caused a brief panic and we had to stop, re-start the engine and then it worked fine. We're very scared to ride a passenger and the dealership is of no help. I searched online and found many other users having similar concerns with no resolution. This is a very very serious safety issue and would request the erratic and faulty air bag problem be resolved before we wait to hear about some casualty because of faulty airbags from Nissan.

- Allen, TX, USA

problem #39

Apr 042015

Altima 8-cyl

  • 29,500 miles
Light depicting that passenger air bag was off while my wife was in the passenger seat. Light came on and stayed on for 40 miles. The first time I noticed this, a software update was run and I was told that the problem was resolved. It happened again and I was told that the car was showing a faulty in the sensors below the seat and they were replaced and I was told the problem was resolved. Yesterday the problem surfaced again.

- Washington Crossing, PA, USA

problem #38

Aug 262014


  • 900 miles


The front passenger air bag lite stays on while the passenger is seated.indicating the air bag is in-operative. The dealer performed updates, both software and hardware. The problem was never fixed ! after demanding a factory engineer to inspect the car, the result was: Some of these cars, this failure will happen, and there is nothing that can be done" his recommendation was, drive to the side of the road, turn off the car and re-start the car and the "computer" will be reset ! now in excess of 4500 miles, it still fails !

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #37

Nov 102013


  • 8,115 miles
Hello, I have taken my brand new Nissan Altima 2014 4 times to the dealership for the problem Nissan has been having. When there is someone over the weight limit sitting in the passenger side the air bag light that indicates if its on or off does not come off. Stating that the airbag is off even though someone is sitting in he passenger side with the weight requirement. It all started on 11/10/14 and was told nothing was wrong, took it again on 1/14/15 and they said they found a code ( B00A0-00) indicating the airbag would turn off. They told me they fixed the problem by replacing the sensor and control unit and performed zero point reset. The problem came back again on 2/3/15 and was told that there is nothing wrong and that if it happens just pull over and turn off the car until the lights turn off and does not come back on. Took it again for the same problem in March and was told that they could not do nothing even though they knew it was not working as intended.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #36

Mar 012014


  • 5,000 miles
We were one of the 2014 Nissan Altima's that was experiencing the passenger air bag issue: Even though a full-sized adult was sitting in the seat, the "air-bag off" would be illuminated. It was brought in under the recall in roughly October of 2014. After getting the car back, we immediately noticed that the light was still coming on when a passenger was present. We were told that it could be due to humidity, as we live in Florida. But even during the winter months it still read that the air bag was off. This is concerning if it is a safety issue and Nissan is not properly fixing the issue. I heard recently on the news that more complaints are coming forward and I wanted to make sure my voice was heard. Thank you.

- Melbourne, FL, USA

problem #35

Apr 222014


  • 967 miles
This is an ongoing problem. The information provided above is approximate as I didn't know it was an issue until a recall from my Nissan dealer on April 22' 2014. Since then I have had it back to the dealer two more times for the same incident only to be told it could not be fixed, but they gave me a procedure to get around the issue. The issue involves the air bag light on the passengers side staying lit even when there is an adult in the seat. The light on means the passengers air bag is disabled. I am told to check light while the car in on and in park and if on, have the passenger stay perfectly still for about eight seconds, until the light goes out. Sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn't. occasionally I have to shut off the engine and restart in order for this to work. Most times, I forget to check the light only to notice it on while driving. This is not acceptable. I worry about not noticing and having a front end accident. Surely in this day and age Nissan engineers can find a fix.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #34

Feb 082015

Altima 4-cyl

  • 8,821 miles
The first incidence was in October, 2014; my wife was seated in front passenger seat while the car was in motion, when the passenger air bag off light lit up indicating the air bag system for front passenger was turned off. Since she was seated normally with full weight on the seat..we were led to believe the air bag system was not functioning properly. The only way to get the system functioning is to pull over and restart the car. The car was immediately taken to the dealership following that incidence. The service advisor, at that time, confirmed that my car was not part of the recalled air bags, however, they reprogrammed the computer and told me to watch for any other instances. The most recent incident was on 2/8/15, with the same conditions. I quickly scheduled a service appt for 2/12/15 & refused to let anyone in the front seat. While at the dealership on 2/12/15, the Nissan service advisor discussed with me a tsb, which said that "occupants who are properly seated and correctly using the seat belt, should not cause the passenger air bag to be automatically turned off." He then had the care inspected by a service tech. Following the inspection, the service advisor came to me and noted that the system was not showing any trouble codes. They told me there was nothing they could do and to let them know if I had anymore trouble. At this point I refused to take the car off their lot until it was fixed - I did not feel that my family should be subjected to a possible failure of the air bag system, injury, or death. It appeared to me that those outcomes were 100% avoidable. After a few conversations incl the service manager, I was provided with a dealer loaner vehicle and was told they would research the situation. I have elevated this to Nissan's consumer affair specialist via the 1 800 Nissan 1, call center. I hope a solution is found quickly.

- Peculiar, MO, USA

problem #33

Jan 242015


  • 17,830 miles
The "passenger air bag" light sporadically comes on when someone is sitting in the front passenger seat. This has happened more than once and became more obvious after an airbag recall sometime last year. It will come on while driving and then turn itself off again after 5min or so. I have researched this, and found other Nissan drivers with the same vehicle, or other models report this same issue. Not sure if those reporting it also did the recall or not, but it is an obvious ongoing problem.

- Pasadena, CA, USA

problem #32

Apr 282014


  • 50 miles
Passenger airbag off light illuminates frequently when an adult passenger is seated in the passenger seat. As a result, in the event of a crash, passenger would not be protected by airbags. Dealer has analyzed and informed that vehicle is operating exactly as designed. Vehicles has already been repaired pursuant to recall campaign 14V138000, but problem persists.

- Sylvania, OH, USA

problem #31

Dec 172014


  • 10,000 miles
TL-the contact owns a 2014 Nissan Altima. The contact stated that while driving at a unknown speed, another vehicle was driving at approximately 50 mph, past a red light and crashed into the front driver's side of the contacts vehicle. The air bags did not deploy. A police report was filed and the contact sustained injuries that required medical attention. The vehicle was towed to the dealer but was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 10,000. Djr

- Scar Valley Ranch, WY, USA

problem #30

Jun 202014


  • 4,714 miles
Since the day I got the vehicle the passenger air bag was malfunctioning. They repaired 5 times but failed.finally they proposed a settlement agreement but it is unfair. My request is for a replacement vehicle.

- Germantown, MD, USA

problem #29

Dec 012014


  • 4,006 miles
There is a recall on the 2.5L 2014 Nissan Altima and I have a 3.5L 2014 Nissan Altima, my passenger side airbag light shows no occupancy person sits in the passenger sit, as well as intermittenly when an object is placed in the seat. There is a recall with the same problems of the indicator light on the passenger airbag not showing proper indication, the same should be extended to the 3.5L models as well.

- Washington, DC, USA

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