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fairly significant
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
107,250 miles
Total Complaints:
2 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace module plus labor, dealer mechanic only (1 reports)
  2. this should be a recall item (1 reports)
1998 Nissan Maxima seat belts / air bags problems

seat belts / air bags problem

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1998 Nissan Maxima Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 052012

Maxima SE 3.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 162,000 miles


Nissan not taking this problem seriously. This should be a definite recall and replaced for free. The airbag has not ever been deployed which indicates a system failure due to faulty product. The product is not one of the car's "wearable" parts and should not be considered the same as brakes. This is a product that has been declared a mandatory safety restraint by the NHSBA. It's time Nissan, and/or any other auto manufacturer, to step up to their responsibility and correct the problem before another life is taken due to the failure of this part and the lack of action to replace it under a recall. Oh, wait, it is way too easy for them to pass the buck to the consumer and nickle and dime us to death!

- , Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #1

Mar 022004

(reported on)

Maxima SE

  • 52,500 miles

Significant because my driver-side air bag may not function properly in an accident. This is NOT a wear part or routine maintenance part, and has definitely failed prematurely. There is a technical service bulletin available on this item, but the dealer has informed me that the item is not covered under any recall or warranty. I'm disappointed, to say the least, in Nissan and the dealer. The experience will make me think twice before I buy another Nissan.

- , Ranchos de Taos, NM, USA

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