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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,629 miles

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2012 Nissan Frontier seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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2012 Nissan Frontier Owner Comments

problem #7

Apr 302016


  • 43,000 miles


Side curtain airbags deployed for no reason while driving 5-10 mph on flat road. Almost knocked me out and left me confused for awhile, and caused my ears to ring all day. Nissan North America sent some sort of rep to local dealer to download data from the truck to determine what happened. They then told me that "the conditions were not met" for airbags to have deployed. They replaced the airbag system and returned it to its original condition at no cost to myself. Other than that they declined multiple times to help me in anyway to get into another Nissan vehicle, I was willing to stay with Nissan if they would have worked with me and bought it back and/or got me into a newer Frontier. I was willing to do this because apparently the 2011 and 2012 model Frontiers are the only ones experiencing this defect, as a result of their rollover anticipation software which fires the curtain airbags when it "thinks" that a rollover is eminent. This has happened to other owners of the same model and year Frontier with one incident resulting in physical and psychological problems for the children that were in the Frontier. There is a class action lawsuit against Nissan of North America for this issue that was started by one of the victims to this negligence. Apparently Nissan knows of the problem and has done nothing about it at all. They also apparently refused to repair some of the airbags in some of these incidents in the lawsuit. Not happy with Nissan allowing this vehicle to stay on the road since it allows for a dangerous possibility for this to happen on a busy road with others around, and for the occupants of the Frontier mentioned. Not happy and will probably have to get legal counsel to help me. - see 10896442.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #6

Apr 302016


  • 43,000 miles
Side curtain airbags wrongfully deployed while driving at about 5-10 mph, with no crash, and on a flat road. Creating an extremely dangerous situation for myself and others on the road around me. This truck has faulty programming that controls these airbags. They state that, instead of the airbags deploying in a crash, they are programmed to "anticipate" a crash and then deploy. Nissan North America sent an engineer to the dealership to download data from the truck to find out exactly what happened, and I only received limited data upon my request. They sent me a few pages of "high frequency data" charted in columns with the first page containing "frontal delta-V" and "lateral delta-V", the second page with "frontal G" and "lateral G", and the third page with "vehicle speed" and "engine revolution". - see 10898639.

- Henderson, NV, USA

problem #5

Apr 272016


  • 50,000 miles
Passenger air bag warning light continually flashes when driving vehicle indicating air bag will not deploy. Dealership adjusted seat belt tension which temporarily ( 2 weeks) fixed issue. Dealership now recommends a new passenger seat bottom cushion to remedy problem at owner expense. This is a safety issue and a recall issue. In regard to this problem, Nissan and/or sub~contractors providing seat cushions should be accountable for all service and parts and any accidents and/or injuries incurred when air bag is not deployed.

- Greenville, SC, USA

problem #4

Aug 042014


  • 45,000 miles


Air bag light is on and may not function correctly.

- Lebanon, TN, USA

problem #3

Jun 022013

Frontier 4-cyl

  • 21,000 miles
Driving on straight highway I drive every day and both curtain air bags deploy without impact.

- Gloversville, NY, USA

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problem #2

Apr 042013


  • 12,000 miles
The contact owns a 2012 Nissan Frontier. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, both the front driver and passenger side curtain air bags deployed inadvertently. The contact was able to drive the vehicle to the dealer for diagnosis however, the vehicle was not repaired and the dealer referred him to the manufacturer. The manufacturer was notified and they had an engineer further inspect the vehicle. The engineer informed the contact that the air bags functioned properly, despite the fact that the vehicle was not involved in any type of crash or impact. The approximate failure mileage was 12,000.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #1

Mar 092012

Frontier 6-cyl

  • 7,400 miles
Myself and one passenger were off-roading in my 2012 Frontier pro-4X going over a bumpy surface and without warning the side airbags went off! luckily no one was injured, but we both got quite a scare due to the noise and lack of visibility. There is no damage to the front end nor were we at any degree of angle. Yes it was bumpy but when you pay for a vehicle that states clearly off road on the side you expect it has the suspension to support the ride. The very last thing I was thinking of was the air bags, until they came out.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

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