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: Radiators are still cracking, leaking coolant and destroying transmissions. Which is a shame when you consider that otherwise, this would be a great small pickup truck.


really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,178 miles

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2006 Nissan Frontier seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2006 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #4

Jan 122009


  • 45,000 miles


Hit by a sheriff car and was flipped 3 times in a Nissan Frontier nismo....supposedly with front and side air bags along with roll over air bags. Not one deployed. Had to get cut out of car and flown into trauma room. In and out of conscience and not feeling legs. Now severe back and neck pain. Sore abdomens and lower disc disease. Nothing done to correct problem.

- Altamonte Springs, FL, USA

problem #3

Sep 172008


  • 33,000 miles
Was driving down a washboard part of a dirt road in route to 4wheel like I normally do and the 2006 Frontier nismo curtain airbags deployed for no reason other then the system believed it was rolling over. This was out in the middle of nowhere away from cell coverage so no police report could be made. I have noticed many threads of xterras and Frontiers online that have been getting this problem including a youtube video of an xterras deploying. Nothing has been done yet the vehicle is sitting in front of my house as I decide weather there is a buildable case against Nissan or to give up and try for repairs somewhere, the insurance estimate is ~4,000$ usd. Both side curtain airbags, seat damage, seatbelts broken.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #2

Sep 172008


  • 33,000 miles
My girlfriend and I were driving down a washboard farm type road and randomly our side curtain airbags went off on both sides causing severe soft tissue damage in our necks and anxiety / being terrified of the truck. Currently looking into personal injury and filed with insurance company. The area we were in was an area with no cell service and quite far from the nearest town and with the airbags breaking the seatblets etc it was a very unsafe drive.

- Castle Rock, CO, USA

problem #1

Jul 082006

Frontier 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,711 miles
My son was turning around our 2006 Frontier nismo off road 4WD on a rutted dirt road at a speed of no more than 15 mph when the rollover airbags, on both sides, deployed without warning. Nissan of american investigated. Below is a portion of Nissan's letter to me. I will forward via us mail a complete copy of this letter to NHTSA: "air bags must be made so that they inflate fast enough in a severe accident. The speed at which an air bag inflates and then deflates is similar in all designs. Air bags are designed to inflate in less than 1/20 of a second. Air bags are predictive. The signal which is sent to the sensor in some underbody impacts is very similar to the signal sent to the sensor in rollover situation. Both diagnostic and visual checks confirmed that there was no evidence of a problem with the air bag or seat belt systems in your vehicle." As a result of Nissan's design, a side air bag sensor, 2 rollover air bag assemblies, 2 seat belt assemblies, a headliner and plastic trim items were replaced. The old parts, exclusive of the headliner, are available. On the rear quarter panel, the vehicle is labeled "off road" and is clearly intended for that use according to Nissan''s advertising. Nissan's own statement proves that their control system for rollover airbags is defective in that their rollover air bags may deploy because the "signal which is sent to the sensor in some underbody impacts is very similar to the signal sent to the sensor in rollover situation". consumers rely on Nissan to design a rollover air bag system that deploys in the event of a rollover, not a defective design which causes an underbody impact to initiate an unnecessary rollover airbag deployment. Rollover air bags that operate in a manner unpredictable by the consumer are not safe. Nissan should redesign this system on future vehicles and recall current vehicles to make the needed changes, before people are injured by airbags that needlessly deploy. Updated.

- Longview, TX, USA

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